L'œuvre Plans par couleurs - Centre Pompidou


Plans par couleurs


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Crédit photographique : © Philippe Migeat - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP
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Frantisek Kupka (1871 - 1957)

Plans par couleurs

1910 - 1911

Huile sur toile

109 x 99,5 cm

Achat, 1957

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 3549 P

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Description for the presentation 2015-2016 in the National Museum of Modern Art

Drawing on the technical and scientific advances of his time, such as the chronophotography that enabled the analysis of locomotion and the X-rays that revealed the inner structure of matter, in around 1910 František Kupka produced works like Plans par couleurs, half figuration, half abstraction. Structured by the grading of transparent colours, the scene seems viewed by a gaze capable of penetrating things and so acceding to their “truth”. In pursuing this prismatic decomposition of the real, Kupka arrived, a little later, at pictures composed only of vertical coloured planes, in which not...

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Description for the presentation in the National Museum of Modern Art

Described at the time as "post-cubist fantasy", this geometric portrait represents a significant milestone towards abstraction.

Crossed by rays of light, the female figure appears to be animated by a slow movement, split by vertical plains. Stemming from his interest in the scientific developments of his time, Frantisek Kupka drew inspiration from chronophotography which broke down movement, or x-rays that revealed the inside of matter. He thus produced works in a style midway between figuration and abstraction.

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