The Salon des Réalités nouvelles (new realities) was an exhibiting society devoted to pure abstract art founded in Paris in 1939 

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  • Antoine Pevsner, 'Maquette of a Monument Symbolising the Liberation of the Spirit' 1952

    Antoine Pevsner
    Maquette of a Monument Symbolising the Liberation of the Spirit 1952
    Bronze
    object: 472 x 465 x 310 mm
    Purchased 1953 ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002

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  • Eric Olson, 'Optochromi H8 - 1' 1965

    Eric Olson
    Optochromi H8 - 1 1965
    Mixed media
    object: 438 x 152 x 95 mm
    Presented by the artist 1965 DACS, 2002

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  • John Wells, 'Sea Bird Forms' 1951

    John Wells
    Sea Bird Forms 1951
    Oil on board
    support: 431 x 493 mm frame: 546 x 605 x 48 mm
    Bequeathed by Miss E.M. Hodgkins 1977 The estate of John Wells

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Artist Sonia Delaunay set up the society along with other artists working in an abstract style. The name reflects the fundamental idea that abstract art is a new reality because it does not refer to or imitate any existing reality.

After the interruption of the Second World War it was re-established in 1946, again with the help of Sonia Delaunay, and continues today. It provided in the post-war era the same focus for the purest tendencies in abstract art that Abstraction-Création had pre-war.