Abstract Composition - Frantisek Kupka - Framed picture 11 x 14
František Kupka (aka Frank Kupka or François Kupka) was a Czech painter and graphic artist. He was a pioneer and co-founder of the early phases of the abstract art movement and Orphic Cubism (Orphism). Kupka's abstract works arose from a base of realism, but later evolved into pure abstract art.
He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. At this time, he painted historical and patriotic themes. Kupka enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where he concentrated on symbolic and allegorical subjects. He was influenced by the painter and social reformer Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach and his naturistic life-style.
Kupka worked as an illustrator of books and posters and, during his early years in Paris, became known for his satirical drawings for newspapers and magazines. His work became increasingly abstract around, reflecting his theories of motion, color, and the relationship between music and painting (orphism).
In 1931, he was a founding member of Abstraction-Création.
Kupka had a strong interest in color theory and freeing colors from descriptive associations.