Abstract art – part 2

Abstract art – part 2

Abstract art – part 2


…was a way of expression, limited as far in the art of decorating, now extends longer and the arts in autonomous and self-sufficient projects without “subject”, even with serious claims that the decor never had.

The first non-figurative works were created by the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), starting mainly Fauvism paving the very important for abstract art decade 1910 to 1920. In the works of this period Kandinsky uses a new kind of “editorial language” as the project “Small Pleasures no. 179” (1913) with strongly contrasting and expressive colors to shades, spread out on the surface of the table in spots with fuzzy, loose and free shapes.


In this new language C lines are free shot with the brush in intervals of spots or on these in a set of colors, spots, lines seemingly at least without cohesion, without logic. The result, that presented an automatic, subconscious energy, will be the starting point for the creation and development of one of the two basic forms of abstract art, abstract expressionism.

An interesting kind of Abstract Expressionism had global response is that of Action Painting manifested in America in late 1940 with main representative, Jackson Pollock (1912- 1956). Pollock makes his paintings like the work “Number 12” (1952) on the floor, having a huge canvas that is stretched out on the floor by pouring buckets of liquid paints leaving them to stretch freely anymore in broad or small spots.

The result certainly shows the physical movement of the artist (action) at the time of creation. He explains that the canvas becomes with this way an arena in which develops the painting as part of the life of the artist.

The canvas is also an expression of the emotional world arena and another form of Abstract Expressionism, which culminates in the 1950’s, of this “Gestural Art”.

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