Understanding the Essence of Abstract Art

abstract-paintingsEven though you are an art lover, but there must have been some instances where having seen a painting you would have wondered and said to you, “I can create better than this.” Chances are quiet high that in such instances you had seen an abstract painting.

If you will walk down the gallery lanes of the history of art, you will come to know that earlier paintings were all about accurate depiction of reality. With passage of time art underwent many changes. Artists started to experiment with their creativity and their paint and canvases became their mode of expression. They no longer wanted to accurately depict the reality, but to challenge their creativity and vision. It did not take them long to move from reality to impressionism to complete abstraction.

What is Abstract Art?

Now, some of you who are not acquainted with basic vocabulary of art must be wondering what is abstract art. Well, the answer to this question is pretty simple – abstract art is any art from that is not a representation of real world, but presents an idea or notion.

Characteristic of Abstract Art

If you have ever seen some famous and elegant abstract paintings then you must have noticed that those painting did not have a recognizable subject. The absence of a recognizable subject is the characteristic trait of abstract painting. Thus, abstract art is non-objective and non-representational. Abstract artists do not try to have their works look like something instead they settled on color and form. They often rely on visual effects to create a composition. Artists use the elements of art, which are line, shape, color, texture, form, space and value, to produce work that is non-representational. While creating abstract art, capturing ‘reality’ or producing something that the viewer can see or understand may not be the focus of the artist; he is rather concerned about depiction of abstract things or colors in his composition. Usually, shapes interest the artist. Even an idea or feeling may drive creation. Abstraction exists along a continuum. The departure from representation may be partial or complete. In other words, the viewer maybe able to ‘see’ some imagery in partially abstract works, but total abstraction represents a complete departure from any familiar entities.