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Frantisek Kupka

Pioneer of the Abstract art movement
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Kupka reached his original version of abstract expression through his interest in occultism, spiritism, astrology, natural sciences, physiology and optics. He moved to Paris in 1896, where he first made a living by drawing political caricatures for anarchist magazines. He gradually rid his canvases from academism and symbolistic naturalism, and he dealt with the problems

of the independence of color and form. He endeavored to free himself from descriptive imaging through analogies with musical harmonies. Kupka’s greatest piece of art with abstract tendencies, Amorpha-Fugue in two colors (1912), together with numerous other abstract paintings can be admired at the permanent exhibition of the National Gallery in the Veletrzni palace.


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