Saturday, April 17, 2010

The "Beginning" of Abstract Painting

Abstract painting is 100 years old this year. These paintings were done by German/Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky. The bottom painting above is considered the first abstract painting ever done, and it was painted by Kandinsky in 1910. The other two were done in 1913. By "abstract" painting, Kandinsky was quite clear about what he meant. "Abstract" meant painting with no imagery, and no ties to any kind of imitation of appearances. Blue was blue and not about describing the sky. A line was a line, and not a contour describing a shape. For Kardinsky, art and colors were akin to chords and notes of music and was to be approached spiritually. A good painting was to affect the emotions as directly and powerfully as music.

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