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Fernand Leger

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(The concept of abstract painting) is not a passing abstraction, good only for a few initiates’, (but) ‘the total expression of a new generation whose necessities it experiences and to all of whose aspirations it constitutes a response. (1920)
Abstract Painting, Michel Seuphor, Dell Publishing Co., 1964, p. 16

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Mobutu Sese Seko

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