The Four Seasons, 2011
Frantisek Kupka, Yellow Spectrum, 1907
Frantisek Kupka, Planes By Colors, Large Nude, 1909-10
From the Guggenheim:
Theosophy—a synthesis of philosophy, religion, and science—guided Kupka’s holistic approach to art. His paintings draw on a variety of sources, including ancient myths, color theory, and contemporary scientific developments. The invention of radiography at the turn of the century was especially significant for Kupka, whose search for an alternative dimension through a kind of painterly X-ray vision is captured in his monumental Planes by Colors, Large Nude. In this work, Kupka rendered the figure of his wife, Eugénie, in vivid shades of purple, green, yellow, and blue, devising an innovative modeling technique based on color, not line or shade, that sections her body into tonal planes in such a way that her “inner form” is made visible. This unveiling of the unseen is crucial, for Kupka believed that it is only through the senses, through physical experience, that we can reach an extrasensory, metaphysical dimension and thereafter achieve an intuitive understanding of the universal scheme underlying existence.
David Levine (American, 1926-2009) “High Breasted Nude”
Alphonse Mucha - Slav Epic
I’m going to go see these again in May!
Frantisek Kupka, Epona-Ballade, The Joys, 1901-02
After the Ball, 1895, Ramon Cases i Carbo.
Anders Zorn One of my all time favorite paintings