Posted: May 25, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1977, 70s, abstract, colours, German, Imi Knoebel, minimalist, shapes, untitled
Untitled, Imi Knoebel. 1977
Posted: March 12, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1932, 30s, abstract, Abstraction-Creation, alto, companion, dux et comes, edward wadsworth, leader, music, Paris, soprano, still life, Tate
Dux et Comes I. Edward Wadsworth. 1932.
Wadsworth began introducing more abstract forms into his nautical still lifes towards the end of the 1920s. In the following decade he made a number of abstract paintings, and 1932 became a member of Abstraction-Création, a Paris-based organisation of abstract artists.
This painting belongs to a series called Dux et Comes, a musical term used to describe choral roles in a fugue. It translates from the Latin as ‘leader and companion.’ The leader (soprano) sings in one key, the companion (alto) replies in another. Wadsworth’s series explored human relationships and moods, as indicated by subtitles, in this case Rebuff.
Posted: January 29, 2014 Filed under: Art | Tags: 20th century, 30s, abstract, british, collage, landscape, London, Nash, Paul Nash, Surrealism, surrealist, Tate
Landscape at Large. Paul Nash. 1936.
‘Landscape at Large’ is one of a group of landscape collages made by Paul Nash in 1936-8 in which real objects were used pictorially. The Tate Gallery also has ‘Swanage’ (made from photographs of objects and watercolour) and ‘In the Marshes’ (made from bark and sticks). From the title it is evident that this one was seen by Nash as an abstract landscape, with the shape of the bark suggesting perspective, and the texture and patterns of the materials making the features. The ‘at large’, although not explained by the artist, probably has its usual meaning of either ‘at liberty’ or ‘there in complete detail’, implying that the objects are standing in for themselves.
Text from Tate