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The Origins of Abstraction, 1800-1914

Frantisek Kupka  • Localisation of Graphical mobiles I  • 1912-1913 • Oil on canvas • H. 200 ; B. 194 cm • Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza • (c) Adagp, Paris. 2003 • Photo courtesy of Musée d’Orsay  • 
Frantisek Kupka
Localisation of Graphical mobiles I
Oil on canvas
H. 200 ; B. 194 cm
Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
(c) Adagp, Paris. 2003
Photo courtesy of Musée d'Orsay
The Origins of Abstraction, 1800-1914
PARIS  •  Musée d'Orsay  •  Ongoing
From being a phenomenon that appeared brutally, in the epiphany of a few pivotal years (1912-1918), abstraction was the result of visual experiences across a large span of time that went through a decisive acceleration during the 19th century. The exhibition retraces this history with over 150 artworks including major pieces by Turner, Friedich, Monet, Redon, Whistler, Kandinsky, Delaunay, Kupka and Picabia from important museums around the world. The purpose of the exhibition is to show how the birth of abstract art owes much to new modalities of vision and to the modern status of the eye, in particular, in its close relationship with the other senses. Rather than breaking away from reality, abstraction offers in this respect a new, more synthetic translation of the visible world.

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