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18.10.14 - Of all the arts

“Of all the arts,”

said Wassily Kandinsky, “abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for color, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.” In other words, the painting must have the fundamental components of good design.

David Hockneyximages

“All painting, no matter what you are painting, is abstract in that it’s got to be organized,” said David Hockney. Balance, vibration, weighting, form and eye control, mastery of colour, areas of visual excitement and areas of paucity, grey to rest the eye and gradations: These design elements, when intuitively understood, can create a stand-alone magic.

These quotes are amazing because expressing the essence of abstract painting is hard because it is so abstract! Yet these men did a fine job of providing an explanation.
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