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The Spiritual in art : abstract painting 1890-1985

Author: Maurice TuchmanJudi FreemanCarel BlotkampLos Angeles County Museum of Art.Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, Ill.)All authors
Publisher: New York : Abbeville Press, ©1986.
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Traces the use of geometric signs by the Nabis and other French artists and relates this to the development of abstraction. The author describes some of the sources of ideas about the symbolism of geometric signs, in particular the writings of Helena P. Blavatsky, and traces the impact of these on the Nabis, possibly through the stimulus of Gauguin whose paintings from his Brittany period encouraged a mystical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ausstellung
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Spiritual in art.
New York : Abbeville Press, ©1986
(OCoLC)569582609
Named Person: Piet Mondrian; Paul Gauguin; Paul Sérusier; Paul Ranson; Maurice Denis; František Kupka; Jean Delville; Charles Filiger
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maurice Tuchman; Judi Freeman; Carel Blotkamp; Los Angeles County Museum of Art.; Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, Ill.); Haags Gemeentemuseum.
ISBN: 0896596699 9780896596696 0875871305 9780875871301 0789200562 9780789200563
OCLC Number: 13793368
Notes: Exhibition schedule: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (opening Nov. 1986); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Haags Gemeentemuseum, the Hague.
Description: 435 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Contents: Hidden meanings in abstract art / Maurice Tuchman --
Sacred geometry : French symbolism and early abstraction / Robert P. Welsh --
Annunciation of the new mysticism : Dutch symbolism and early abstraction / Carel Blotkamp --
Nature symbolized : American painting from Ryder to Hartley / Charles C. Eldredge --
Transcending the visible : the generation of the abstract pioneers / Sixten Ringbom --
The case of the artist Hilma af Klint / Åke Fant --
Esoteric culture and Russian society / John E. Bowlt --
Beyond reason : Malevich, Matiushin, and their circles / Charlotte Douglas --
Expressionism, abstraction, and the search for utopia in Germany / Rose-Carol Washton Long --
Mysticism, Romanticism, and the fourth dimension / Linda Dalrymple Henderson --
Arp, Kandinsky, and the legacy of Jakob Böhme / Harriett Watts --
Marcel Duchamp : alchemist of the avant-garde / John F. Moffitt --
Ritual and myth : native American culture and abstract expressionism / W. Jackson Rushing --
Abstract film and color music / William Moritz --
Concerning the spiritual in contemporary art / Donald Kuspit --
Occult literature in France / Geurt Imanse --
Occult literature in Russia / Edward Kasinec and Boris Kerdimun --
A glossary of spiritual and related terms / Robert Galbreath --
Chronologies : artists and the spiritual / Judi Freeman.
Responsibility: Los Angeles County Museum of Art ; organized by Maurice Tuchman with the assistance of Judi Freeman, in collaboration with Carel Blotkamp [and others].

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Traces the use of geometric signs by the Nabis and other French artists and relates this to the development of abstraction. The author describes some of the sources of ideas about the symbolism of geometric signs, in particular the writings of Helena P. Blavatsky, and traces the impact of these on the Nabis, possibly through the stimulus of Gauguin whose paintings from his Brittany period encouraged a mystical conception of art in which sacred geometry figured as one component. He goes on to discuss in detail the paintings of Paul Serusier, Paul Ranson, Maurice Denis, Charles Filiger, Jean Delville, Frantisek Kupka and Mondrian.

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