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Are you saying that abstraction was not an attempt to portray a reality?
Rod Fleming wrote:
> The true birth of abstraction (as far as Western art is concerned) was in
> the early part of the 20thC when Cubism was developed by Picasso and Braque.
> But photography was pioneered in the first third of the 19thC and was
> widespread by 1850. That is over half a century before abstraction appeared.
> What were these painters who had been "liberated by photography" doing all
> those years? Figuring out the exposure?
> In fact the effect of photography was to make painters try to depict reality
> more accurately, not to break away from the depiction of it.
> The notion of a simple causal link between the introduction of photography
> and the development of abstraction is debunked by that _two generation_ gap
> between the two events, and no amount of "semantics" by the supporters of
> Greenberg can change that. We have to look elsewhere to find the roots of
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