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Abstract Art

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.

Group IV, No. 7, The Ten Largest, Adulthood

Group IV, No. 7, The Ten Largest, Adulthood

Hilma af Klint1907
Group I, No. 7, Primordial Chaos

Group I, No. 7, Primordial Chaos

Hilma af Klint1906-1907
Group IV, No. 3. The Ten Largest, Youth

Group IV, No. 3. The Ten Largest, Youth

Hilma af Klint1907
The Seven-Pointed Star No. 1

The Seven-Pointed Star No. 1

Hilma af Klint1908
Evolution, No. 15, Group IV, The Seven-pointed Stars

Evolution, No. 15, Group IV, The Seven-pointed Stars

Hilma af Klint1908
Untitled (First Abstract Watercolor)

Untitled (First Abstract Watercolor)

Wassily Kandinsky1910
Romantic Landscape

Romantic Landscape

Wassily Kandinsky1911
Composition 5

Composition 5

Wassily Kandinsky1911
Watercolor 6

Watercolor 6

Wassily Kandinsky1911
Dancer

Dancer

Gino Severini1912
Improvisation 28 (second version)

Improvisation 28 (second version)

Wassily Kandinsky1912
Rayonism, Blue-Green Forest

Rayonism, Blue-Green Forest

Natalia Goncharova1911-1913
Composition 7

Composition 7

Wassily Kandinsky1913
Composition 6

Composition 6

Wassily Kandinsky1913
Study for a Curtain for 'Le Coq d'Or'

Study for a Curtain for 'Le Coq d'Or'

Natalia Goncharova1913-1914
Curtain for Le Coq d'Or: Third Act

Curtain for Le Coq d'Or: Third Act

Natalia Goncharova1914
Black Square

Black Square

Kazimir Malevich1915
Group IX/SUW No. 12, The Swan No. 12

Group IX/SUW No. 12, The Swan No. 12

Hilma af Klint1915
Supremus No.50

Supremus No.50

Kazimir Malevich1915
Group IX/UW No. 25, The Dove, No. 1

Group IX/UW No. 25, The Dove, No. 1

Hilma af Klint1915
Black Trapezium and Red Square

Black Trapezium and Red Square

Kazimir Malevich1915
Group IX/SUW, The Swan, No. 1

Group IX/SUW, The Swan, No. 1

Hilma af Klint1915
Group IX/SUW No. 8, The Swan, No. 8

Group IX/SUW No. 8, The Swan, No. 8

Hilma af Klint1915
Black Square and Red Square

Black Square and Red Square

Kazimir Malevich1915
Group IX/SUW, No. 17. The Swan, No. 17

Group IX/SUW, No. 17. The Swan, No. 17

Hilma af Klint1914-1915
Black and White, Suprematist Composition

Black and White, Suprematist Composition

Kazimir Malevich1915
Group IX, No. 3, The Dove

Group IX, No. 3, The Dove

Hilma af Klint1915
Suprematist Composition

Suprematist Composition

Kazimir Malevich1916
Dynamic Suprematism

Dynamic Suprematism

Kazimir Malevich1915-1916
Non-Objective Composition (Flight of an Airplane)

Non-Objective Composition (Flight of an Airplane)

Olga Rozanova1916
Non-Objective Composition

Non-Objective Composition

Olga Rozanova1916
House under construction

House under construction

Kazimir Malevich1915-1916
Woman with Guitar

Woman with Guitar

María Blanchard1917
Cubist Still Life

Cubist Still Life

María Blanchard1917
Suprematism

Suprematism

Kazimir Malevich1917
Color Painting

Color Painting

Olga Rozanova1917
Painterly Architectonics

Painterly Architectonics

Liubov Popova1917
Green Stripe

Green Stripe

Olga Rozanova1917
Composition XIII

Composition XIII

Theo van Doesburg1918
Cubist Composition

Cubist Composition

María Blanchard1918
Variation on Composition XIII

Variation on Composition XIII

Theo van Doesburg1918
Composition

Composition

Aleksandr Rodchenko1918
Non-Objective Painting no. 80 (Black on Black)

Non-Objective Painting no. 80 (Black on Black)

Aleksandr Rodchenko1918
Cubist Composition

Cubist Composition

María Blanchard1916-1919
Composition in Gray (Rag-time)

Composition in Gray (Rag-time)

Theo van Doesburg1919
Cubist Still Life

Cubist Still Life

María Blanchard1919
Composition in Black and Gray

Composition in Black and Gray

Piet Mondrian1919
Untitled

Untitled

El Lissitzky1919-1920
Construction

Construction

Aleksandr Rodchenko1920
Rooftop and Pathway: View from the Artist's Studio

Rooftop and Pathway: View from the Artist's Studio

Gwendolen Mary John1920
Line Construction

Line Construction

Aleksandr Rodchenko1920
Rooftop and Lane: View from the Artist's Studio

Rooftop and Lane: View from the Artist's Studio

Gwendolen Mary John1920
Proun 19D

Proun 19D

El Lissitzky1920-1921
Mystic Suprematism

Mystic Suprematism

Kazimir Malevich1920-1922
Circles in a Circle

Circles in a Circle

Wassily Kandinsky1923
Static-Dynamic Gradation

Static-Dynamic Gradation

Paul Klee1923
Kestner Portfolio, Proun 5

Kestner Portfolio, Proun 5

El Lissitzky1923
Kestner Portfolio, Proun 4

Kestner Portfolio, Proun 4

El Lissitzky1923
Untitled

Untitled

Wassily Kandinsky1923
Kestner Portfolio, Proun 3

Kestner Portfolio, Proun 3

El Lissitzky1923
Composition 8

Composition 8

Wassily Kandinsky1923
Kestner Portfolio, Proun 2

Kestner Portfolio, Proun 2

El Lissitzky1923
The Denaturalized Material, Destruction 2

The Denaturalized Material, Destruction 2

Theo van Doesburg1923
Untitled

Untitled

Hannah Höch1922-1923
Study for Proun S.K.

Study for Proun S.K.

El Lissitzky1922-1923
On White II

On White II

Wassily Kandinsky1923
Kestner Portfolio, Proun 1

Kestner Portfolio, Proun 1

El Lissitzky1923
Kestner Portfolio, Proun 6

Kestner Portfolio, Proun 6

El Lissitzky1923
l.n.31

l.n.31

El Lissitzky1922-1924
Yellow Red Blue

Yellow Red Blue

Wassily Kandinsky1925
May Picture

May Picture

Paul Klee1925
Proun 99

Proun 99

El Lissitzky1923-1925
Several Circles

Several Circles

Wassily Kandinsky1926
Untitled

Untitled

Charmion von Wiegand1945
Untitled

Untitled

Charmion von Wiegand1946
Individual Worlds

Individual Worlds

Charmion von Wiegand1947
The Nuptial Form

The Nuptial Form

Charmion von Wiegand1946-1947
The Citadel

The Citadel

Charmion von Wiegand1949-1950
Untitled

Untitled

Charmion von Wiegand1950
Mother and Child (Abstract)

Mother and Child (Abstract)

Tamara de Lempicka1953
Region of the Unstructured Sound

Region of the Unstructured Sound

Charmion von Wiegand1955-1961
Prismatic Lattice

Prismatic Lattice

Charmion von Wiegand1962
Table of Offerings

Table of Offerings

Charmion von Wiegand1965-1966
To The Adi Buddha

To The Adi Buddha

Charmion von Wiegand1968-1970

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