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Cubism and Abstract Art
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Alfred H. Barr, Jr.
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Cubism and Abstract Art

Alfred H. Barr, Jr.



The Arts: General & Reference


392 pages

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Originally published in 1936, in this classic account of the development of abstract art Alfred Barr analyses the many diverse abstract movements which emerged with bewildering rapidity in the early years of the twentieth century, and which had an impact on every major form of art.

Barr traces the history of nonrepresentational art from its antecedents in late nineteenth-century painting in France - Seurat and Neo-Impressionism, Gauguin and Synthetism, and Cezanne - through abstract tendencies in Dada and Surrealism. He distinguishes two main trends in abstract art: the geometrical, structural current as it developed in Cubism and later in Constructivism and Mondrian, and the intuitional, decorative current running from Matisse and Fauvism through Kandinskt and, later, Surrealism. He shows how individual movements influenced one another, and how many artists experimented with more than one style. Barr also discusses the involvement of a number of abstract movements in architecture and the practical arts - the Bauhaus in Germany, de Stijl in Holland, Purism in France, and Suprematism and Constructivism in Russia.

By:   Alfred H. Barr Jr.
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Weight:   630g
ISBN:   9780367180188
ISBN 10:   0367180189
Series:   Routledge Revivals
Pages:   392
Publication Date:   March 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

1. Introduction. 2. Two Main Traditions of Abstract Art. 3. From Impressionism to Fauvism. 4. Analytical Cubism. 5. Futurism. 6. Abstract Expressionism in Germany. 7. Abstract Painting in Paris. 8. Synthetic Cubism. 9. Cubist Sculpture. 10. Brancusi. 11. Abstract Painting in Russia. 12. Constructivism. 13. Abstract Art in Holland: de Stijl; Neo-Plasticism. 14. Post-War Germany: The Bauhaus. 15. Purism. 16. Abstract Films. 17. Abstract Photography. 18. Abstract Dadaism. 19. Abstract Tendencies in Surrealist Art. 20. The Younger Generation.

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