František Kupka. Mme Kupka among Verticals. 1910-11

František Kupka Mme Kupka among Verticals 1910-11

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A vibrantly colored, tightly packed procession of uneven verticals nearly envelops a face painted in markedly nonnaturalistic shades of green and purple. Kupka would later say that to make this painting he had reworked an unfinished portrait of his wife, laying in strokes of color around her face until it was all but obscured by their boldly flat pattern—a method suggesting a literal assault on figuration.

Gallery label from Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925, December 23, 2012–April 15, 2013.
Oil on canvas
53 3/8 x 33 5/8" (135.5 x 85.3 cm)
Hillman Periodicals Fund
Object number
© 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Painting and Sculpture

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1910 - 1956, František Kupka, Puteaux, France.

1956, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, purchased from the artist.

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