Whistler, Monet, Vuillard, Derain, Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Kandinsky, Klee, Mondrian and Malevich.
A watercolour by Wassily Kandinsky, painted in 1910 is usually the favoured candidate for the earliest abstract painting. By 1911-1913 dozens of artists from far flung places including Moscow, New York, Paris, London, Munich and Prague all began producing abstract paintings.
This major exhibition surveys the art of five decades from 1867 to 1917 and explores ways that artists and their public, little by little, learned to see and to judge works of art abstractly. Consisting of more than 100 paintings, drawings and prints, the exhibition includes pivotal works that trace the evolution that led to an explosion of abstract art across the world.
Image credit :Andr Derain Le Cavalier au cheval blanc c1905. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 1985. ADAGP/Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.