Abstract art
(An artistic movement)

Dates: 1914-1960

This movement contains other movements: Abstraction-Création, Suprematism, De Stijl, Abstract Expressionism

Art movement issued from Expressionism which aimed to abandon figurative art in favour of abstraction. Their compositions therefore represent colourful geometric shapes.

People associated with this movement
Willi BaumeisterGerman, 1889-195524 artworks
William BaziotesAmerican, 1912-19631 artwork
Patrick Henry BruceAmerican, 1881-193638 artworks
Ilya ChashnikRussian, 1902-19297 artworks
Stuart DavisAmerican, 1892-1964154 artworks
Robert DelaunayFrench, 1885-1941110 artworks
Burgoyne DillerAmerican, 1906-19653 artworks
Theo van DoesburgDutch, 1883-193111 artworks
Arthur DoveAmerican, 1880-1946143 artworks
Werner DrewesGerman, 1899-19653 artworks
Günter FruhtrunkGerman, 1923-19821 artwork
Fritz GlarnerSwiss, 1899-19721 artwork
Arshile GorkyAmerican, 1904-1948145 artworks
Auguste HerbinFrench, 1882-1960197 artworks
Ivon HitchensEnglish, 1893-197979 artworks
Hans HofmannGerman, 1880-19664 artworks
Vilmos HuszárHungarian, 1884-19602 artworks
Mainie JellettIrish, 1897-194464 artworks
Wassily KandinskyRussian, 1866-1944351 artworks
Franz KlineAmerican, 1910-19628 artworks
Ivan KliunRussian, 1873-19434 artworks
František KupkaCzech, 1871-1957128 artworks
Marie LaurencinFrench, 1883-1956298 artworks
Stanton Macdonald-WrightAmerican, 1890-197314 artworks
Kasimir MalevichRussian, 1878-1935118 artworks
Alice Trumbull MasonAmerican, 1904-19711 artwork
László Moholy-NagyHungarian, 1895-194638 artworks
Piet MondrianDutch, 1872-194482 artworks
Ben NicholsonEnglish, 1894-1982152 artworks
Irene Rice PereiraAmerican, 1902-19712 artworks
John PiperEnglish, 1903-1992108 artworks
Jackson PollockAmerican, 1912-195649 artworks
Liubov PopovaRussian, 1889-192475 artworks
Alfred RethHungarian, 1884-196618 artworks
Mark RothkoLithuanian, 1903-1970286 artworks
Olga RozanovaRussian, 1886-19183 artworks
Kurt SchwittersGerman, 1887-194862 artworks
Nikolai SuetinRussian, 1897-19542 artworks
Sophie Taeuber-ArpSwiss, 1889-19435 artworks
Leon Arthur TutundjianArmenian, 1905-19683 artworks
Sam VanniFinnish, 1908-19923 artworks
Georges VantongerlooBelgian, 1886-19651 artwork
Friedrich Vordemberge-GildewartGerman, 1897-19632 artworks
Random artworks by artists related to this movement

Bouquet of Flowers
Marie Laurencin

Patrick Henry Bruce

Jackson Pollock

Portrait of a Girl
Marie Laurencin

In the Middle
Wassily Kandinsky

House on the Gein
Piet Mondrian

Improvisation 19
Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky

Kochel - Gabriele Münter
Wassily Kandinsky

Ludwigkirche in Murnau
Wassily Kandinsky

No 14
Mark Rothko

The Night - Large Abstract
Wassily Kandinsky

Abstract II
John Piper

Ways and Means
Stuart Davis

Accent aigu
Franz Kline

Hamburg's Port
Auguste Herbin

František Kupka

Off Balance
Wassily Kandinsky
Top 10 museums with Abstract art
National Gallery of Art - Washington DCUnited States (Washington)104 artworks
Museum of Modern Art - New YorkUnited States (New York City)91 artworks
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - New York, NYUnited States (New York City)78 artworks
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus - MunichGermany (Munich)74 artworks
State Russian MuseumRussian Federation (St Petersburg)49 artworks
Tate Modern - LondonUnited Kingdom (London)41 artworks
Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, NYUnited States (New York)35 artworks
Tate Britain - LondonUnited Kingdom (London)34 artworks
Stedelijk Museum, AmsterdamNetherlands (Amsterdam)32 artworks
Tretyakov Gallery - MoscowRussian Federation (Moscow)32 artworks
Important dates
Founding date:  1914
Why 1914?: First abstracts movements in Russia with Suprematism and in France with Orphism.

End date:  1960
Why 1960?: The Golden Age of Abstract art ended in the Sixties, replaced by Pop Art. However, the style has never really disappeared and is still a important part of the contemporary art production.