About this artwork
Born in Bohemia (in the present-day Czech Republic), Frantisek Kupka immigrated to Paris in 1896, where he lived until his death. Kupka developed a unique path to pure abstraction. He combined his interests in Orphism, an offshoot of Cubism that focused on simultaneous color contrasts as equivalents of musical pitches, Slavic folk art, the decorative art of Islam, and new scientific inventions such as radiography. Theosophy—a synthesis of philosophy, religion, and science—also guided Kupka’s approach to art. Additionally, he studied the stained-glass windows of the Notre-Dame cathedrals in Paris and Chartres. Kupka’s desire to capture the feeling of light passing through colored glass led to a number of compositions on this theme, including Reminiscence of a Cathedral.
- Frantisek Kupka
- Reminiscence of a Cathedral
- Czech Republic
- Oil on canvas
- Signed, l.r.: "Kupka", Inscribed, l.l.: "Reminiscence"
- 59 × 37 in. (149.9 × 94 cm)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Shapiro
- © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris