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Inside our often chaotic world, geometric abstract art creates a feeling of balance and structure. To the casual observer, however, it can sometimes seem too intellectual and detached from the natural world. It is often judged to be with a lack of emotion, whereas the grand gestures of the abstract expressionist painters convince viewers more easily of their desire for life. However, to dismiss it in this manner is to do it a great disservice and we want only to consider the motivation behind the job of a number of the great geometric abstract artists to get proof this. Kasimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian are two of the first geometric abstract artists and both embraced the usage of order and geometry within their paintings to convey emotion in its purest form. The boundaries they created in their abstract geometric paintings celebrate spiritual areas of the human experience and go far beyond the entire world of our immediate understanding. For Malevich, geometric abstraction was an ideal method to strip back the clutter of life and to get at the heart of what really mattered: the communication of pure artistic feeling. This'supremacy'of feeling was fundamental to his work. (Malevich and his followers were known as Suprematists) contemporary abstract artists . He chose to use a simple black square against a bright background to convey this. The black square expressed the sensation and the white surrounding it expressed the void beyond. For Mondrian, a pattern of strong black lines encasing blocks of primary colour on a bright background was an ideal visual language to convey his belief in a global beyond our reality. Theo van Doesburg, a co-founder with Mondrian and others of the De Stijl movement, was equally inspired by this abstraction of reality and use of geometric shapes and patterns. Wassily Kandinsky, credited with producing the initial abstract painting, using only shapes and form expressing his visceral responses to music and colour, also embraced geometric abstract art, particularly during his period as a teacher at the Bauhaus. These artists had none of the visual images of the geometry in nature so widely available now yet they had an innate comprehension of the method by which geometric shapes and patterns were so fundamental to the structure of the world. Geometric abstract art was the same of a universal visual and artistic language. They demonstrated that triangles, squares, circles and straight lines carefully placed and repeated with precision may take us beyond the boundaries of our perceived reality. Their work provides the viewer an urgent amount of emotional engagement that is both moving and hypnotic. A new generation of abstract geometric artists emerged in the 1950s and attempted to dispense with the overspill of emotion they perceived in the job of the abstract expressionists of the time. Artists such as for instance Kenneth Noland, Frank Stella and Al Held looked to geometric abstraction as a way of making their art less subjective. Colour is central with their work, as is their usage of hard edges and the elimination of signs of brushwork. Their paintings echo the purity of feeling that Kasimir Malevich sought to convey. There's simplicity and beauty in this approach and few artists demonstrate this much better than Ellsworth Kelly whose large geometric shapes in vivid primary colours create a powerfully engaging visual experience. The best geometric abstract art assures us that all is well with the world and reflects back again to us something we innately understand: which our world is not the chaotic, disorganised place it sometimes seems but instead an exquisitely designed, well-ordered and balanced environment we are able to only marvel at.

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