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The Abstract Art Movement


Abstract art is about "passion." Abstract painters typically splash paint rapidly, and with force allowing their feelings and emotions to be transferred directly to their canvas. The painting method often abandons the use of traditional means for the application of color,  applying paint with hands, fingers or washes.  Kandinsky stated "The more frightening the world becomes ... the more art becomes abstract." Paint is generally applied directly from the tube, favoring pure color from the highest quality paints.  The Abstract movement  tossed caution to the wind and reality out the window as they used emotive colour, abstract shapes and surface texture to create visual metaphors for modern life. The new movement was built upon the European masters of abstraction, including Wassily Kandinsky, Alexei Jawlensky, Ernst Kirchner and Paul Klee.

Example of an abstract painting Fish Magic c 1925 by Paul Klee


A List of The Greatest Abstract Painters

Piet Mondrian

Umberto Boccioni

Juan Gris

Wassily Kandinsky

Paul Klee

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Wassily Kandinsky Art Quotations


The all-important spark of inner spiritual life is at present only a spark. - Wassily Kandinsky Quote


Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul - Wassily Kandinsky Quote


There is no must in art because art is free. - Wassily Kandinsky Quote


Black is like the silence of the body after death, the close of life. - Wassily Kandinsky Quote


The spirit like the body, can be strengthened and developed by frequent exercise. - Wassily Kandinsky Quote

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