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Alan Moore

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Annie Besantís book where she put forward the idea that theosophical mystical energies could be portrayed as colours or abstract shapes was practically the invention of abstract art. A lot of artists rushed out and read it and suddenly thought, Ďoh God you could, you could portray love as a colour, or depression as a colourĒ All of a sudden abstract art happens, a flowering out of occultism.

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Jean Dubuffet

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