Abstract Art, Paperback
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By placing abstract art within its political and cultural history, Anna Moszynska elucidates a form that, since its origin, has bewildered its admirers and detractors alike.

She offers the reader a comprehensive trajectory of abstraction-- from the radically new pictorial language of Bella and Delaunnay, to the visceral spirituality of Kandinsky and Mondrian, to the geometrically-obsessed artists of the 1930s and 1940s.

The author takes us from the origin of the movement during the First World War to the post-World War II Zeitgeist that emphasized personal expression, and finally, the revival of Abstraction practiced by Neo-Geo, among others, in the 1980s.

A succinct and deftly written account of abstraction, Moszynska offers both an overview of the philosophy of the movement as well as analyses of the approaches of individual artists.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages, 162 illustrations, 25 in colour
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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  • Category: Art & design styles: c 1900 to c 1960
  • ISBN: 9780500202371



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A small handbook which provides a good overview of the development of Abstract Art from its first expression to its zenith in the mid-20th century and beyond. A great introduction with plenty of interesting detail, although it would be dry to someone not already interested in the arts. Of course, black-and-white representations of color images in any book on art can be disappointing. Undoubtedly this is the only solution when budget and price are a factor, but it can feel rather a cheat. There are many color plates here, however, to tip the balance.

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