Art Term

Abstraction-Création

Abstraction-Création was an association of abstract artists set up in Paris in 1931 with the aim of promoting abstract art through group exhibitions

Auguste Herbin, ‘Nude’ 1960
Auguste Herbin
Nude 1960
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The leaders of Abstraction-Création were Auguste Herbin and Georges Vantongerloo, but every major abstract painter took part including such figures as Naum Gabo, Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian, and it rapidly acquired membership of around four hunded.

Abstraction-Création embraced the whole field of abstract art, but tended towards the more austere forms represented by concrete art, constructivism and neo-plasticism. Regular exhibitions were held until 1936 and five annual publications were issued.

In Britain members of the modernist groupings the Seven and Five Society and Unit One, kept in close touch with Abstraction-Création. Their chief members were Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Paul Nash and John Piper.

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