Wednesday, 27 January 2016

"L'Atelier Rouge" by Matisse - 1911

"L'Atelier Rouge" by Henri Matisse, 1911, ooc, 162 x 130 cm., (64 in × 51 in), MOMA, New York
"The Red Room" by Matisse at the MOMA, which Marc Rothko visited every day for a month, was the source of all his colour-field-paintings. If you look at it, he said, you become  that colour and you become saturated by it.
'Saffron' by Marc Rothko, 1957, ooc, 177 x 137 cm, Lichtenstein, private collection

"My art is not abstract, it lives and breathes." - quote Marc Rothko

Friday, 22 January 2016

Vantongerloo Georges 'Function' - 1938

“The idea is the form, the form the idea. The composition is conceived, ab initio, in plastic terms. It cannot be transelated into any other language, and is not itself a translation from any other language. The desire forthe new form’ as an independent organism was created by a feeling of discomfort in relation to the reproducing painting.” – The philosophy of modern art by Herbert Read, 1964.


Thursday, 21 January 2016

Frantisek Kupka "Rising Force" - 1918

“The artist is not a slave to nature, or to the science of nature. His mind is emancipated – free to express, not himself (for that would still be a kind of slavery) but a new vision, a new order of reality, an ideal beauty.” – The Philosophy of Modern Art, Human Art and Inhuman Nature by Herbert Read, 1964.

kupka frantisek
Kupka’s  “Rising Force” was exposed for the first time in Paris 1990 - oil on canvas, 72 x 59 cm

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Paul Klee "Von der Liste Gestrichen" (Removed from the list) - 1933

Paul Klee:  “Uns trägt kein volk.” – the people are not with us.
In 1937, the Nazis in Germany confiscated  102 works by Klee, of which seventeen were shown at the exhibition of Degenerate Art. His art was branded as 'degenerate', 'subversive' and 'insane'.
At his death in 1940 from an incurable rheumatic disease, Klee left more than 9000 works of art, as well as many writings, essays, diaries and many letters.
“Von der Liste Gestrichen” (Removed from the list), oil on cardboard, format: 31.5cm x 24cm
Location:  centrum Paul Klee, Bern, donation from Livia Klee.