BBC Four are celebrating Abstract Art this week with a season of programmes, ‘When Art Broke Free’, exploring one of art’s most extraordinarily innovative and groundbreaking movements.

The season includes a host of interesting shows including ‘Why Can’t a Four Year-Old Paint a Pollock’, finding out just how challenging it is to create a famous Jackson Pollock drip painting, and ‘The Rules of Abstraction’, which sees art critic Matthew Collings explore how Abstract Art rose to prominence in both the art world and modern culture. There are in-depth explorations into the influence of Abstract Art on modern design and how jazz embraced the art movement through its album cover iconography.

A brilliant documentary, ‘Abstract Artists in Their Own Words’, tells the story of Abstract Art in Britain through the words of some of its leading lights. From Barbara Hepworth’s Abstract geometric forms to Bridget Riley’s Op Art imagery, the film reveals the impressive and diverse ways in which British artists tackled the idea of abstraction in the 20th century. To celebrate the season BBC Four have also commissioned four British artists to produce their own channel idents, each inspired by the spirit of abstraction. Artists Laure Prouvost, John Smith, Sebastian Buerkner and James Richards all give an insight into what Abstract Art means to them.

This fantastic BBC Four season celebrates the enduring influence and legacy of Abstract Art. To discover more about the groundbreaking movement why not delve into our extensive Abstract Art collectiction.