Vertical and Diagonal Planes

František Kupka Czech

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Born in Bohemia, Kupka was active in Paris for much of his career. He created his first abstract works in 1911, combining his interests in Cubism, Czech folk art, light, vision, and philosophy. These radical paintings were among the first purely nonrepresentational works produced in Europe. Here, rectilinear geometric forms in saturated colors interlock to suggest multiple potential applications, such as stained glass, textile design, or a folding screen.

Vertical and Diagonal Planes, František Kupka (Czech, Opočno 1871–1957 Paris), Oil on canvas

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