Abstracting from Nature
6 May - 3 Jul 2016
As the dust settled across Europe after the Second World War a generation of artists faced the dilemma of how to represent contemporary life. Caught between the chaos of conflict and the harmonious order of nature, Paris became the centre for a group of trailblazing artists to forge a new visual language based on organic abstraction. Adopting a poetic sensitivity to colour and form, these artists responded to the existential crisis of post-war Europe by recreating the subjective experience of the natural world. As the inheritors of Jean Arp’s free-flowing...