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Abstraction [Apr. 24th, 2016|04:20 pm]
Tony Grist
Abstract art was invented by theosophists.

Af Klint, Kandinsky, Mondriaan- all three of them theosophists.

Art history tends to treat the theosophy as a quirky hobby these people had,  but that's not how it was for them.

Af Klint- who has a claim to be the very first abstract painter-  worked in something like a trance- not knowing what she was doing- but accepting what she was given- "never changing a brushstroke". These were channeled paintings.

I'm interested in all this because I've just started painting abstracts myself. I didn't mean to. It just happened...

The way I see it is there are two ways to go if you want to paint metaphysically- one is towards pre-Raphaelitism, the other is towards abstraction...

[User Picture]From: serge_sagace
2016-04-24 03:26 pm (UTC)
We'll wait your artworks, sir !)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-24 03:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, maybe tomorrow (shy smile).
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-04-24 03:42 pm (UTC)
And so is yours i guess.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-24 03:51 pm (UTC)
"Channeled" you mean?

Not the way Af Klint's was. I sort of know what I want to do. On the other hand I think there's a sense in which all art is channeled...
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-04-24 04:33 pm (UTC)
Channeled , precisely.
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