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586 Discovered works of art
Abstract forms - this includes the purposeful composition of geometric shapes, but also of colors, lines and contrasts, which does not serve the objective representation. Unlike object-oriented art, which prevailed until the beginning of the 20th century, abstract art is about deliberately avoiding any association with known forms, objects, or living things.

The Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky is one of the most important representatives and co-founder of abstract painting. Around the year 1910, this new art form emerged and quickly spread to various independent currents in Europe. In addition to Kandinsky, the most important contemporary artists include the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, the Frenchman Robert Delaunay and the Hungarian László Moholy-Nagy. Also the German artist Paul Klee, who was friends with Kandinsky, created numerous works of art, which are assigned to this category.

Then as now, abstract painting was a subject of much controversy even among artists and art historians. A widespread position was that only those works could be considered as art that required a certain ability, a creative or craft talent. In 1957, paintings were exhibited in an art exhibition in London painted by a monkey. The fact that the man-painted works were indistinguishable from those of the monkey triggered heated discussions. And yet abstract forms have their own special charm. They are free for interpretation and thereby create unique associations with the viewer. Not least, the artworks speak for the time in which they were created. The need to tell new stories, to express themselves anew, was clearly shaped by modernity, but also by the world wars and the post-war period. At about the same time, the similarly scandalous atonal music of Arnold Schönberg was created.

Moonshine, 1919 (gouache und wc ...
1919 | gouache and watercolour on linen

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Moonshine, 1919 (gouache und wc ...
1919 | gouache and watercolour on linen

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Composition VI, 1913
1913 | Oil on canvas

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Composition VI, 1913
1913 | Oil on canvas

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Black and Violet; Schwarz und Vi...
1923 | Oil on canvas

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Black and Violet; Schwarz und Vi...
1923 | Oil on canvas

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Weiches Hart (Soft Hard) 1927
1927 | Oil on canvas

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Weiches Hart (Soft Hard) 1927
1927 | Oil on canvas

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1925 | Watercolor on paper

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1925 | Watercolor on paper

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Young Pierrot, 1918 (wc, pen und...
1918 | watercolour, pen and black ink on paper laid on board

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Young Pierrot, 1918 (wc, pen und...
1918 | watercolour, pen and black ink on paper laid on board

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1931 | oil and pen on paper on cardboard

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1931 | oil and pen on paper on cardboard

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1915 | watercolour with pen on paper mounted on cardboard

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1915 | watercolour with pen on paper mounted on cardboard

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1933 | watercolour on primed gauze on wooden panel

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1933 | watercolour on primed gauze on wooden panel

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Composition No. 302, 1928 (wc, p...
1928 | watercolour, pen and ink on paper

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Composition No. 302, 1928 (wc, p...
1928 | watercolour, pen and ink on paper

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1926 | watercolour, ink wash and collage on paperr

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1926 | watercolour, ink wash and collage on paperr

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1920 | watercolour, pen and ink on paper

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1920 | watercolour, pen and ink on paper

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Tableau No.1, 1925
1925 | Oil on canvas

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Tableau No.1, 1925
1925 | Oil on canvas

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Zeichenreihen, 1931
1931 | Oil on canvas

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Zeichenreihen, 1931
1931 | Oil on canvas

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Still life with snake (pen und i...
1924 | pen and ink and gouache on paper

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Still life with snake (pen und i...
1924 | pen and ink and gouache on paper

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1936 | gouache and sand over pencil on board

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1936 | gouache and sand over pencil on board

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1927 | gouache over pencil on paper laid down on board

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1927 | gouache over pencil on paper laid down on board

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1928 | watercolour on three joined sheets laid down on mount with gouac

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1928 | watercolour on three joined sheets laid down on mount with gouac

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1929 | watercolour on gessoed canvas

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1929 | watercolour on gessoed canvas

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Tapestry, 1923 (crayon und wc on...
1923 | crayon and watercolour on paper

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Tapestry, 1923 (crayon und wc on...
1923 | crayon and watercolour on paper

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Untitled (Mask: wild animal) c.1...
0 | coloured pencil and coloured paste on paper

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Untitled (Mask: wild animal) c.1...
0 | coloured pencil and coloured paste on paper

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1933 | oil, egg tempera, and ink on paper

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1933 | oil, egg tempera, and ink on paper

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Le Forze di una Strada, 1911
1911 | Oil on canvas

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Le Forze di una Strada, 1911
1911 | Oil on canvas

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Rythme No 1, decoration for the ...
1938 | Oil on canvas

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Rythme No 1, decoration for the ...
1938 | Oil on canvas

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1912 | gouache, pastel, charcoal, collage, pen and india ink and pencil

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1912 | gouache, pastel, charcoal, collage, pen and india ink and pencil

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Relief-Disques, 1936 (gouache un...
1936 | gouache and sand over pencil on board

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Relief-Disques, 1936 (gouache un...
1936 | gouache and sand over pencil on board

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Small Worlds IX (Kleine Welten I...
1922 | Etching, drypoint

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Small Worlds IX (Kleine Welten I...
1922 | Etching, drypoint

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1940 | wax paint on paper on cardboard

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1940 | wax paint on paper on cardboard

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Construction 'Al 6', 1933-34 (oi...
0 | oil on aluminium

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Construction 'Al 6', 1933-34 (oi...
0 | oil on aluminium

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1920 | (Gesso, oil, varnish, crayon, colored papers, sandpaper, graph paper, cardboard, metallic paint, and metal foil on plywood)

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1920 | (Gesso, oil, varnish, crayon, colored papers, sandpaper, graph paper, cardboard, metallic paint, and metal foil on plywood)

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1919 | oil transfer drawing and watercolour on primed lined on cardboard

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1919 | oil transfer drawing and watercolour on primed lined on cardboard

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1913 | watercolour, pen and brush on paper on cardboard

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1913 | watercolour, pen and brush on paper on cardboard

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1916 | Oil on canvas

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1916 | Oil on canvas

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The Birth of Horses (Geburt der ...
1913 | woodcut on Japan paper

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The Birth of Horses (Geburt der ...
1913 | woodcut on Japan paper

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Fantomas, 1915
1915 | Oil on canvas

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Fantomas, 1915
1915 | Oil on canvas

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1935 | watercolour on paper on artists mount

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1935 | watercolour on paper on artists mount

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1916 | watercolour and pen and ink on paper

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1916 | watercolour and pen and ink on paper

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Composition No.302, 1928 (pen un...
1928 | watercolour and pen and ink on paper

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Composition No.302, 1928 (pen un...
1928 | watercolour and pen and ink on paper

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Gingerbread Picture, 1925 (no 12...
1925 | oil and pen on primed cardboard

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Gingerbread Picture, 1925 (no 12...
1925 | oil and pen on primed cardboard

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1930 | gouache, watercolour, pen, black ink, silver foil collage on pap

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1930 | gouache, watercolour, pen, black ink, silver foil collage on pap

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1930 | pen and black ink on paper mounted at the edges by the artist on

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1930 | pen and black ink on paper mounted at the edges by the artist on

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1933 | watercolour on paper on cardboard

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1933 | watercolour on paper on cardboard

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Improvisation, c.1914 (wc & penc...
1914 | watercolour and pencil on paper

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Improvisation, c.1914 (wc & penc...
1914 | watercolour and pencil on paper

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La Lune Etait sur le Declin, Ell...
1918 | watercolour on paper

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La Lune Etait sur le Declin, Ell...
1918 | watercolour on paper

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Still Life on a Table; Nature Mo...
1925 | Oil on canvas

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Still Life on a Table; Nature Mo...
1925 | Oil on canvas

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Untitled, c.1934 (wc und chalk o...
0 | watercolour and chalk on paper

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Untitled, c.1934 (wc und chalk o...
0 | watercolour and chalk on paper

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