Biomorphic Abstraction

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Biomorphic Abstraction: Paris 1934-1944. The most conspicuous transformation in the late paintings of Kandinskii was the use of most subtly differentiated nuances of color. He seems to have left at the Bauhaus all the constructivist color theories, based on primary and secondary colors. He started using combinations of colors never before seen in the world of art; most of them had a delicate filigree effect and were reminiscent of the Slavic folk art. The colors were applied thinly, sometimes transparently, so that they produced an added blending effect. He also used sand to achieve a different texture. As if this new use of color was not enough, Kandinskii dissolved the basic geometric forms into an unbelievable variety of shapes, among which biomorphic ones predominated. These new forms were inspired by a variety of sources, from invertebrate sea creatures, microorganisms and zoological prototypes, to the embryological forms. The paintings of this period are hot-headed, seething, primaeval, as if some distant
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Unformatted text preview: sun were trying to set life flowing again with protoplasm in a pond. In order to divorce himself from "abstract" Surrealism, Kandinskii redefined the idea of "concrete" art for his own purposes: "Abstract art places a new world, which on the surface has nothing to do with 'reality,' next to the 'real' world. Deeper down, it is subject to the common laws of the 'cosmic world.' And so a 'new world of art' is juxtaposed to the 'world of nature.' This 'world of art' is just as real, just as concrete. For this reason I prefer to call so-called 'abstract' art 'concrete' art." Kandinskii introduced a completely new conception of painting that he bequeathed to us in a variety of modes which were often received with hostility. It is a model of art that is non-representational, but understandable in substance. Very different artists and artistic trends have branched out from this model. But the resources of Kandinskii's ideas and theories have not yet been exhausted. (Adapted from Duechting )...
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ARH ARH2000 taught by Professor Karenroberts during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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