Immediate Abstraction: Helen Frankenthaler and the Color Field

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Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) became one of the major artists of the abstract expressionist movement. Her pathway toward her abstract art began with an early Cubist style of work. As the works of other abstract artists became more widely known, they also … Continue reading

Hilma af Klint: Manifesting Abstract Spirituality

"Dark Wind" by Diana Hobson

In 1986, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art gave the first major exhibition of the abstract art of Hilma af Klint. Af Klint, a Swedish artist, had been born in 1862 and died in 1944, and none of her … Continue reading

Franz Kline and the Land of Coal, Ice, and Steel

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Abstract Expressionist paintings can be deceiving. Many in the general public only see a few lines on a canvas and then assume that producing non-representational art can’t be all that hard. Franz Kline’s work is often included in discussions of … Continue reading

Great Art Is Never Extreme: Robert Motherwell

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Robert Motherwell might very well be the most intelligent, educated, and thoughtful artist to emerge from the Abstract Expressionism movement. That’s a bold claim, as the whole genre is populated with towering intellects. Abstract Expressionism requires penetrating thought to accompany … Continue reading

Edvard Munch: Explorations in Color

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Edvard Munch was born and trained in Norway. He initially went to school to be an engineer, but he dropped out after the first year and enrolled at the Royal School of Art and Design of Christiania, Norway. His talent … Continue reading

Paul Klee: A Powerful Intellect With a Child’s Heart

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To a casual observer, Paul Klee looks out from every photograph with a dour expression. He was German-Swiss, and he looks it. He had a penetrating stare, and he is always shown with his lips tightly pursed. Upon closer inspection, … Continue reading

Qi Baishi, “Spontaneity”, and Abstract Art

"Breezy" by Diana Hobson

Chinese schools of calligraphy and watercolor painting give the art viewer examples of works that have an apparent spontaneity, a factor that many people connect with various styles of abstract art. One of the most prominent of Chinese artists in … Continue reading