Contemporary Abstract Painting
Abstract painting derives from Antiquity, notably decorative Celtic art. Similar designs were later taken up by early Christian artists for use in illuminated manuscripts, and also appear in Islamic art.  In the early part of the last century, abstract art was a radical departure from the art that had gone before it. 
Georges Braque, Still Life: Le Jour, 1929.
Composition IX by Wassily Kandinsky, 1936.
Wassily Kandinsky, Composition X, 1939.
Jackson Pollock, Galaxy, 1947.
Jackson Pollock, No. 5, 1948.
Woman 1 by Willem de Kooning, 1950-1952.
Jackson Pollock, Convergence, 1952.
Jackson Pollock, Blue Poles, 1953.
Zao Wou-Ki, 连理, 1956.
Georges Mathieu, Atomic Age, 1958.
Incendiare by Jean Miotte, 1958.
Mordecai Ardon, The Awakening, 1969.
Untitled by Max Bill, 1972.
Abstract Lithograph by Max Bill, 1975.
Ixtacihuatl by Baruj Salinas, 1993.
Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2001.
By Sam Francis
“Creativity takes courage” – Henri Matisse