Category: abstract art


Group IX/UW No. 25, The Dove, No. 1, Hilma af Klint, 1915

Oil on canvas
151 x 114.5 cm (59.45 x 45.08 in.)
The Hilma af Klint Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden


Karen Hansen, The Thickness of Now, acrylic on cradled wood

Mainie Jellett (Irish, 1897 – 1944): Abstract (1932) (via Sotheby’s)

Mainie Jellett (Irish, 1897 – 1944): Decoration (1923) (via National Gallery of Ireland)

From the museum website:

Jellett trained in Dublin and London before moving on in 1920 to Paris. There, with Evie Hone, she studied under André Lhote, an advocate of Cézanne’s analytical approach to painting, and Albert Gleizes, an established Cubist artist. Inspired by their work, Jellett began to analyse rhythm, colour and form in her own work, while also drawing on long-standing pictorial traditions. Though essentially abstract, the format, colour range and media of this work strongly recall religious icons depicting the Madonna and Child. When shown with a similarly abstract painting at the Society of Dublin Painters group show in 1923, Decoration caused a furore. The reviewer from The Irish Times wrote of Jellett’s work in the exhibition:‘they are all squares, cubes, odd shapes and clashing colours. They may, to the man who understands the most up-to-date modern art, mean something; but to me they presented an insoluble puzzle.’ A more strident journalist referred to the ‘sub-human art of Miss Jellett’. The artist drew similar criticism from Irish painters suspicious of Modernism. Through perseverance and a return to more figurative motifs, however, she changed the view of many of her critics.

Though Decoration is essentially abstract and bears a deliberately generic title, its pentagonal format, colour range and media strongly recall religious icons depicting the Madonna and Child.


Yayoi Kusama – Kokoro (Heart) (1988)


Born in Havana, Cuba, Carmen Herrera moved between France and Cuba throughout the 1930s and 1940s, before settling in New York in 1954, where she continues to live and work. “Beacon II” displays her immense skill at creating striking compositions through the calculated use of contrasting colors and shapes. Bright red triangles cut across the canvas horizontally and vertically, creating an expansive horizon line that recalls a burst of light. 

 “Beacon II,” 2016, by Carmen Herrera (Promised gift of Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman)


Grace DeGennaro (American, b.1956)


Dimensional Swirls Appear to Lift Off the Canvases of Painter Dragica Carlin


Bridget Riley BRIGHT SHADE 1985

Sarah Robertson (Canadian, 1891 – 1948): Abstraction (via Candian Art Group)