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

Great Art Is Never Extreme: Robert Motherwell

Los Angeles abstract artist-Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 110-dianahobsonfineart.com

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

Diana Hobson modern art_TheScream

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

abstract art-Comedian's Handbill - Paul Klee

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

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

Three Basic Categories Of Abstract Art In New York

It is enticing to see the years 1912–25 and 1947–70 as the golden periods of abstract art. And it is not wrong in saying that the present revival of abstraction is no more than a silver age.  The truth is, there … Continue reading