LINE - Creation and Reduction
A line can be curved or straight, thick or thin, be multiplied into planes or abstract – it is the basic element of any drawn creation and is the start of any idea put to paper. The exhibition LINE – Creation and Reduction in Roggwil features the works of various nineteenth- and twentieth-century artists who explore the line and its creative potential in many different ways.
In the nineteenth century the drawing rose in the estimation of the art world. Collectors became increasingly interested in the medium and fragmentary, incomplete linear compositions were considered particularly appealing and aesthetic. A transformation occurred: the drawing was no longer thought of as a preliminary study or a sketch, but as an artistic genre of its own. The line developed into the artist’s handwriting, as it were, and a profound exploration of this creative means began.