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Pafama (Seissel)
Pafama (Seissel)

Pafama, short for Papierfarbenmalerei, is a 1922 painting by Croatian painter Josip Seissel.[1] This painting is the first known abstract composition in Croatian art.[2] It is currently in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb.[1]

Name


Word Pafama is an abbreviation of the German PApier-FArben-MAlerei, (German: Paper, color, painting) which is a word from zenitism vocabulary, meaning that the artist focuses on the painting process and materials, a radical approach at the beginning of the third decade of the 20th century.[3]

Description


This is a square painting of small dimensions whose center is dominated by multi-colored geometric elements on a black background. It is based on the principles of suprematism and is reduced to primary geometric shapes - triangle, rectangle, polygon and cone. In addition, it is reduced to the primary colors - red, yellow, blue and their derivatives which are projected on a black background.

The painting is characterized by structural imaging techniques and is synonymous with European avant-garde art at the time. The painting marks the appearance of avant-garde art in Croatia and leaves lasting effects on the Croatian art in the 20th century and especially in the 1950s and 1960s, when neo-constructivism trends were formed.[4] Its size is 17x17 cm.

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