At the end of the
fifties, art-critics came up with this term, to satisfy a need to describe the
non-gestural input abstract style painting. After having gone through some terminological
adjustments... ''HARD-EDGE'' now refers to a preconceived pictorial technique,
dividing the painting's surface in coloured planes with sharply defined geometrical
contours, having no colour transition between one and the other.
in that field is the American Artist Ellsworth Kelly, who creates in 1949/50 an
artistic abstraction, based on a serial repetition of graphic elements painted
in full, clear, solid tones, uniformly delimited and distributed on the canvas.
From then on, ''HARD-EDGE'' came into being and was very rapidly adopted by the
greatest modern-art painters such as: Lichtenstein, Tousignant, Molinari and
last but not least, Roger Katch.
The use of ''HARD-EDGE'' as a technique during
the sixties and seventies, can also be seen in most of the contemporary works
executed in POP'ART style, with a tremendous influence on graphics, where purity
and precision in die-cutting of geometrical shapes are mandatory. Bringing together
this technique to that style, favours large format creative expression artworks,
which interestingly enough, are also found in Modern, High-Tech and Neo-Classical