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Reminiscence of a Cathedral

A work made of oil on canvas.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1920/23

Artist:

Frantisek Kupka
Czechoslovakian, 1871–1957

About this artwork

Active in Paris, František Kupka developed a unique approach to abstraction influenced by his interests in music and spirituality. In this style of painting, known as Orphism, simultaneous color contrasts are equivalent to musical pitches. Kupka also painted abstract work as a means to visualize Theosophy—a synthesis of philosophy, religion, and science. The Cubist formal structure of this work, which brings together intersecting aspects of color, light, and mysticism, was inspired by the stained-glass windows of the Notre-Dame cathedrals in Paris and Chartres, France.

Status

On View, Gallery 391

Department

Modern Art

Artist

František Kupka

Title

Reminiscence of a Cathedral

Place

Czech Republic (Artist's nationality:)

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1920–1923

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, l.r.: "Kupka", Inscribed, l.l.: "Reminiscence"

Dimensions

149.9 × 94 cm (59 × 37 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Shapiro

Reference Number

1984.6

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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