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Geometric abstraction
In the school curriculum
30.05.2017 | AWARE

Marcelle Cahn, Sans titre, 1981, collage on board, 28.2 x 21.4 cm, © Courtesy Galerie Lahumière

Straight lines, circles, diamonds, and triangles established themselves in their own right as an integral part of the iconography of abstract art. From the Cercle et Carré group (founded in 1919), which included Sophie Tauber-Arp, to Vera Molnár’s digital compositions in the 70s, women artists have taken part in the experiments of geometric abstraction since the early 20th century. Using oils on canvas, paper collages, or digital tools, a number of them turned toward this minimalist aesthetic, such as Agnes Martin, an American painter whose work was rediscovered a few years ago, and to whom Guggenheim New York has just devoted a retrospective.

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1912 — Canada | 2004 — United States
Agnes Martin - AWARE

Agnes Martin

1895 — 1981 | France
Marcelle Cahn - AWARE

Marcelle Cahn

1924 | Hungary
Vera Molnár - AWARE

Vera Molnár

1923 — 2021 | France
Geneviève Asse - AWARE

Geneviève Asse

1889 — 1943 | Switzerland
Sophie Taeuber-Arp - AWARE

Sophie Taeuber-Arp

1910 — 2005 | France
Aurélie Nemours - AWARE

Aurélie Nemours

1931 | United Kingdom
Bridget Riley - AWARE

Bridget Riley

1899 — 1986 | Denmark
Franciska Clausen - AWARE

Franciska Clausen

1935 — 2018 | France
Geneviève Claisse - AWARE

Geneviève Claisse

1924 — 2014 | Italy
Carla Accardi - AWARE

Carla Accardi

1915 — Romania | 1997 — France
Natalia Dumitresco - AWARE

Natalia Dumitresco

1915 — Cuba | 2022 — United States of America
Carmen Herrera - AWARE

Carmen Herrera

1923 — 2010 | Czech Republic
Bĕla  Kolářová - AWARE

Bĕla Kolářová

1890 — 1958 | United Kingdom
Marlow Moss - AWARE

Marlow Moss

1950 | Estonia
Sirje Runge - AWARE

Sirje Runge

1930 — 2005 | Belgium
Marthe Wéry - AWARE

Marthe Wéry

1936 | United Kingdom
Gillian Wise - AWARE

Gillian Wise

1914 — Philippines | 1994 — France
Nena Saguil - AWARE

Nena Saguil

1950 | New Zealand
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Kura Te Waru Rewiri

1891 — 1978 | United States
Alma Woodsey Thomas - AWARE

Alma Woodsey Thomas

1900 — 1981 | Italy
Bice Lazzari - AWARE

Bice Lazzari

1936 | Palestine
Samia Halaby - AWARE

Samia Halaby

1911 — Denmark | 1984 — France
Sonja Ferlov Mancoba - AWARE

Sonja Ferlov Mancoba

1929 — 2015 | Norway
Inger Sitter - AWARE

Inger Sitter

1930 — 2004 | Italy
Dadamaino (Eduarda Emilia Maino, dite) - AWARE

Dadamaino (Eduarda Emilia Maino, dite)

1885 — 1963 | United Kingdom
Helen Saunders - AWARE

Helen Saunders

1927 | United States
Lillian Schwartz - AWARE

Lillian Schwartz

1940 | United-States
Mary Heilmann - AWARE

Mary Heilmann

1903 — Poland | 2000 — Germany
Gertrud Arndt - AWARE

Gertrud Arndt

1896 — 1983 | United States
Charmion von Wiegand - AWARE

Charmion von Wiegand

1964 | China
Lu Qing - AWARE

Lu Qing

1910 — 1974 | Denmark
Else Alfelt - AWARE

Else Alfelt

1885 — Ukraine | 1979 — France
Sonia Delaunay - AWARE

Sonia Delaunay

1926 — 2013 | United States
Ruth Asawa - AWARE

Ruth Asawa

1940 — 2015 | Spain
Elena Asins - AWARE

Elena Asins

1927 — 1977 | Bolivia
María Esther Ballivián - AWARE

María Esther Ballivián

1946 | New Zealand
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Liz Coats

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