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Abstract ArtUnshackled from the figure

For centuries artists created artwork to represent figurative images. Landscapes and people, gods and machines. Art was a tool to communicate reality. But with the proliferation of the camera, a slow shift began in art. The world could be documented without paint or stone, and so at the dawn of the 20th century, artists began to abstract their images, fragmenting reality, and eventually — removing it completely.

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1944-N No. 2

Clyfford Still, 1944

1948

Clyfford Still, 1948

1951-T No. 3

1951

Abstract Composition

Théo Kerg, 1933

Abstract Composition

Mainie Jellett, 1935

Abstract painting

Aubrey Williams, 1960

Abstract Painting

Ad Reinhardt, 1966

Abstract Painting no. 4

Ad Reinhardt, 1961

Abstract Speed + Sound

Giacomo Balla, 1913-1914

Abstraction

Willem de Kooning, 1949-1950

After Xhorkum

Arshile Gorky, 1940-1942

Agony

Arshile Gorky, 1947

Alabama

Norman Lewis, 1960

Argula

Arshile Gorky, 1939

At the Solferino-Paris bridge

Théo Kerg, 1951

Basin

Helen Frankenthaler, 1979

Berlin Series No. 1

Marsden Hartley, 1913

Berlin Series No. 3

Marsden Hartley, 1913

Berlin Series No. 47

Marsden Hartley, 1914-1915

Berlin Series No. 48

Marsden Hartley, 1913

Berlin Series No. 49

Marsden Hartley, 1914-1915

Berlin Series No. 50

Marsden Hartley, 1914-1915

Bird Talk

Lee Krasner, 1955

Birth

Lee Krasner, 1956

Black and White, Suprematist Composition

Kazimir Malevich, 1915

Black Square

Kazimir Malevich, 1915

Black Square and Red Square

Kazimir Malevich, 1915

Black Trapezium and Red Square

Kazimir Malevich, 1915

Blue Green Yellow Orange Red

Ellsworth Kelly, 1966

Blueberry

Joan Mitchell, 1969

Breakthrough I

Robert Rauschenberg, 1964

Buds

Agnes Martin, 1959

Canal

Helen Frankenthaler, 1963

Canto XIV, from Rauschenberg: XXXIV Drawings for Dante's Inferno

Robert Rauschenberg, 1964

Carib Selva

Aubrey Williams, 1955

Cauldron

Aubrey Williams, 1975

Changing Moods

Norman Lewis, 1947

Circles in a Circle

Wassily Kandinsky, 1923

Color Painting

Olga Rozanova, 1917

Composition

Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1918

Composition

Fernand Henri Léger, 1926

Composition

Mainie Jellett, 1930

Composition

Ad Reinhardt, 1940

Composition (Definitive State)

Fernand Henri Léger, 1925

Composition 5

Wassily Kandinsky, 1911

Composition 6

Wassily Kandinsky, 1913

Composition 7

Wassily Kandinsky, 1913

Composition 8

Wassily Kandinsky, 1923

Composition for Tapestry

Saloua Raouda Choucair, 1956

Composition in Black and Gray

Piet Mondrian, 1919

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