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Paintings "Abstract"

Abstract painting - lat. abstract: separate, remove - makes the basic principles of the western painting completely invalid. It foregoes all pretence of reality, all imitation of a nature model or artistic representation of material existing objects. The artists operate exclusively with the means of form, colour, lines and geometrical forms. The representations avoid any reference to material reality, the abstract compositions are experienced as harmony or discord as order or disorder. The birth of abstract painting is in about the year 1910 although abstract painting techniques were already recognisable in the 19th century, e.g. William Turner or Gustave Moreau. In 1915 Kasimir Malewitsch shocked the art world with his abstract work “Black square against white background”. Later it was Jackson Pollock who created Action Painting with his expressive-spontaneous works. With Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Kasimir Malewitsch or Paul Klee the art world enthusiastically embraced abstract painting but it also met with polemic and sharp criticism - even today.