Bernard Cohen

1925 - 2013

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Bernard Cohen (1933-2018) was a British abstract painter and printmaker known for his colorful and geometric compositions. He was part of the generation of British artists who emerged in the 1950s and 60s and who sought to break away from the dominant influence of American Abstract Expressionism.

Cohen's early work was influenced by the work of Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky, as well as by the aesthetics of jazz and bebop music. His paintings often feature overlapping planes of color, geometric shapes, and dynamic lines, creating a sense of movement and rhythm.

In the 1960s, Cohen became interested in the use of text and language in art, and he began to incorporate words and phrases into his paintings. This interest in language and communication continued throughout his career, and he often used text as a visual element in his work.