The black page in Tristram Shandy  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The first edition of Tristram Shandy, at the point in the narrative where the death of Yorick occurs, a black page[1][2] is inserted to express mourning, in an attempt to mix fiction with visual poetry. The page is preceded by the words "Alas, poor YORICK!"

In more recent editions, the black rectangle has been reduced in size, so that it does not cover a whole page anymore[3].

Another famous example of a black page is The black plate in Utriusque Cosmi Maioris by Robert Fludd (1617).

The black of Shandy's and Fludd's is found again in the 19th century in an all-black painting by poet Paul Bilhaud called Negroes Fighting in a Cellar at Night and in the 20th century in Kazimir Malevich's monochrome painting Black Square [4].

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