In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting

abstract paintingThe efficient reaction towards Impressionism occurred only at a sure moment in its history and mainly in France, though Impressionism was pretty widespread in Europe by the end of the century. In the 1880‘s, when Impressionism was starting to be accepted formally, there have been already several groups of younger artists in France to whom it was uncongenial.

This departure from accurate illustration may be slight, partial, or complete. Abstraction exists along a continuum. Even art that goals for verisimilitude of the highest diploma could be mentioned to be abstract, at least theoretically, since perfect illustration is more likely to be exceedingly elusive. Artwork which takes liberties, altering as an example shade and form in ways that are conspicuous, may be said to be partially abstract.


The Expressionists drastically modified the emphasis on subject matter in favor of the portrayal of psychological states of being. Although artists like Edvard … Read More