Piano Keys. Lake

František Kupka

František Kupka - Piano Keys. Lake
Between 1909 and 1911, Kupka created several works that mark important milestones on his journey to abstraction. They include Piano Keys, Lake (1909) in which the natural motifs smoothly convert into abstract elements of verticals and colour planes. Two scenes mingle in the painting: on the top a barque with trippers floats on the lake while at the bottom one recognises a piano keyboard with a playing hand. The ascending tones ripple the water like the floating dinghy. The painting is at the boundary of Kupka’s figurative and abstract creations and foreshadows the future collection of Vertical Planes.
measurements: height 79 cm
width 72 cm
material: canvas
technique: oil
inventory number: O 3790
gallery collection: Collection of 19th Century Art and Classical Modernism
licence: copyrighted work

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