Kupka.pioneer of abstraction.Grand Palais.21 March-30 July 2018

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Kupka.self-portrait

the sun has come back upon Paris and with it new exhibitions that might interest you if you come to visit our beautiful city !For you,the Little Art Seeker saw the amazing exhibition dedicated to Kupka one of the great pioneer of abstract art at the beginning of the 20th century.

The exhibition is huge and it will take you more than 2 hours to see it well!!!The man’s work was successively inspired by the Vienese symbolism nurtured by a spiritual and philosophical heritage specific to central Europe.

His abstract art was also inspired by the sciences and new techniques of his time.The exhibition gives us a wide range of the man’s career from the 19th century to the post -war era.The colours little by little become intruments of dynamism and the painter manages to render a universe of harmony that banishes the boundary between the visible and the invisible.

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Kupka,Meditation,1899

From the start of his artistic career in Vienna in the first half of the 1890’s,Kupka’s works integrated symbolists concepts.He’s also interested by Nietzschean philosophy and esoteric thoughts.The symbolist concept is the departure of the painter’s quest for non-figurative art.

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Kupka,Madame Kupka among the verticals

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Kupka,the bibliomane,1897

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Kupka,portrait of Mrs Kupka,1905-1906

From 1907to 1911,without abandoning totally the figurative art,the man searches  to place the colours in the centre of his work and tries in the mean time to render upon his canvases the transcription of movement.His work,l’eau,the bather,is a metaphor of time and space where figures melt into colours.

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Kupka,water,the bather,1906-1909

A symbolic self-portrait by the artist ,la gamme jaune,reflects a complex image of its author:solar,radiant and melancholic.Fugue à deux couleurs represents a cosmic symbol of the pulse of the world.

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Kupka,la gamme jaune,1907

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Kupka,gamme à deux couleurs

Passionate about science,Kupka was interested in the issue of space and order in space.He organised the space of a painting according recognisable elements such as lines ,vertical,  horizontal and diagonal planes or curves as the promise of another dimension.For him,space as atmosphere featured human characters.He also realized huge compositions around the dots in a very creative and imaginative way.Inspired by music and rythm ,he also found inspiration in the rendering of colours as if they were music notes and the results are very poetic.The little Art Seeker loved these huge colourful compositions!!!

 

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Kupka,cosmic spring I,1913-1914

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Kupka,Newton disks:1911-1912

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Kupka,le trait obsédant1913-1923

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Kupkak,e solo d’un trait brun,1912-1913

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Kupka,Amorpha;1910-1911

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Kupka,around a point,1920-1930

Architecture,was also something very much inspiring for the painter who found in it the  seeking of the logical organisation of materials converting them into positions in space.The architecture of the work allowed the painter to organise his visions and make them legible to the viewver.Inspiration could come from experiencing a gothic interior and examine the propagation of the light upon the stained glass windows inside Notre Dame or other churches around Paris.The result is astonishing and beautiful.The colour invades everything ,dazzles and attracts the eye in a vertiginous way!

 

At the end of the second world war,Kupka returned to his workshop in Puteaux and after the deaths of the painters Delaunay and Kandinsky became one of the last remaining artists of non-figurative art.

At the time the number of supporters of non figurative art was growing and the idea according which pictorail creation could give birth to another reality was gaining ground around him.His work was at the time totally recognised and he kept exhibiting it at the salon des réalités nouvelles until his death in 1957.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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