Abstraction: Pure Thought
“Modern artists”, just like “modern scientists”, are continuously searching and exploring the unknown—whatever we don’t know, whatever appears mysterious. Abstract ideas seem better suited to pursue this quest and to express the necessarily more and more abstract, yet more and more powerful new concepts. Artists like the painters Kandinsky, Rothko, Pollock, Klee, and many others appeared on the art scene in the 1940s and 1950s with almost exclusively abstract works. At about the same time, physicists were also exploring the unknown through more abstract ideas, following the developments of quantum theory and the special and general theories of relativity.