Modern and Contemporary Art
Disks of Newton (Study for Fugue in Two Colors)
Frank Kupka (Frantisek Kupka), Czech (active France), 1871 - 1957
Oil on canvas
* Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor (Dorrance Galleries)
1950-134-122The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950
LabelThe title of this work refers to the seventeenth-century English physicist Sir Isaac Newton, who discovered that the light of the sun is composed of the seven colors of the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Kupka’s radiant composition incorporates circular bands of vibrating color, including the full range of the spectrum as well as white.
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