Imi Knoebel, Lina-Liza-Strasse 4, 2000, from the von Bartha collection and Auguste Herbin, Un, 1952 –

Imi Knoebel is known for his theoretical approach to colour, form and surface. His powerful use of colour combinations work to reveal the physical potentialities behind often rudimentary materials; by reducing art to its most formal elements, Knoebel highlights the possibilities inherent within these materials and structures. Through a career spanning over 50 years, he has revisited these themes and materials in various ways.

Auguste Herbin is known for abstract compositions in bright, buoyant colors, as well as being a cofounder of the abstract purist groupsAbstraction-Création and Réalités Nouvelles in mid-century Paris. In 1942, Herbin created his “alphabet plastique,” a concept described in the book L’art non-figuratif non-objectif (1949) as a system relating color, shape, music notes, and letters. These forms became the language of his paintings, which he continued to create until his death in 1960.

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