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Abstract Art

— Unshackled 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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Mark Rothko, 1952

1944-N No. 2

Clyfford Still, 1944

1948

Clyfford Still, 1948

1951-T No. 3

1951

A Lady and a Road Map

Bernice Bing, 1963

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 Sculpture 3

Katarzyna Kobro, 1924

Abstract Speed + Sound

Giacomo Balla, 1913-1914

Abstraction

Willem de Kooning, 1949-1950

Abstraction No. 4

Beauford Delaney, 1965

After Xhorkum

Arshile Gorky, 1940-1942

Agony

Arshile Gorky, 1947

Alabama

Norman Lewis, 1960

Alalgura, My Country in Bloom

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1992

Alhalkere, My Country

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1994

Arabesque Brush

Albert Gleizes, 1952

Argula

Arshile Gorky, 1939

Arlatyeye

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1995

At the Solferino-Paris bridge

Théo Kerg, 1951

Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)

Jackson Pollock, 1950

Awelye

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1995

Balanced Forms

Araceli Gilbert, 1952

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 II

Charles Alston, 1960

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

Body Painting Series

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1996

Breakthrough I

Robert Rauschenberg, 1964

Breeze Rustling Through Fall Flowers

Alma Thomas, 1968

Broadway Boogie Woogie

Piet Mondrian, 1942-1943

Budgerigar Dreaming

Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, 1972

Buds

Agnes Martin, 1959

Bullfight

Elaine de Kooning, 1959

Burney Falls

Bernice Bing, 1980
More Themes in Art

Abstract Figures

Hinting at the human form

Self-portraits

The canvas mirror

Ancient Classics

A good story never gets old

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