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Abstract Art

Updated: Jul 6, 2022

It's simple to comprehend abstract art: all you need is an open mind and a vast imagination. What do you see when you look at the painting on the left?







Recognize Abstract Art

Swirling forms and a variety of colours... Perhaps you see pure energy and cosmic flow like a moving river cuts through fields of lush flora... or perhaps you see pure energy and cosmic flow?


One of the most appealing aspects of abstract art is that it is up to interpretation. Abstract art does not proclaim, "THIS is what I'm all about." Instead, abstract art necessitates an open, inquiring mind; you must enter the artwork and follow it wherever it leads. Abstract art allows you to investigate the piece and put your own interpretation to it. The viewer's experience of an artwork is enhanced by this extremely intimate approach.


It is not easy for everyone to comprehend abstract art. The best abstract artists have exceptional drawing abilities, a finely honed sense of composition, and a deep awareness of the workings of colour, which most people are unaware of. Most abstract painters could draw a beautifully depicted rose or a realistic face, but they choose not to. Instead, individuals choose to express their creativity through the creation of a visual experience that is less limited by the weight of objects.

Abstract art isn't "about nothing," as many people believe. It's all about shape, colour, line, texture, pattern, composition, and method at its core. These are the formal elements of artwork since they describe how and what the artwork appears like. These formal features are explored in abstract art. The way these formal elements are used to generate a visual (and/or sensory, mental, emotional, etc) experience gives rise to meaning.


You must use a distinct part of yourself to 'understand' abstract art, one that you may not regularly employ or be familiar with.


Consider abstract art in the same manner as you would a symphony. You don't attempt to hold on to the notes while you listen to music; instead, you let them wash over you. Allow your eyes to travel over the artwork as if you were listening to a symphony. Allow yourself to get taken in by the painting rather than trying to figure out what it looks like. See what feelings, sensations, or recollections come to mind. Allow your eyes to relax and wander freely throughout the piece. Examine the colours, forms, materials, and surface, as well as how they interact. Please take your time. Allow the artwork to "talk" to you.

Take note of how different factors such as shape, colour, and form affect you. A colourful, elaborately detailed artwork will have a different effect on you than a quiet, cool Malevich.

If you really want to appreciate abstract art, it is best to see it in person. This will greatly assist you in comprehending abstract art. A pixelated image online or a little photo in a book can't convey the full effect of a work of art. The texture, size, stroke of the paintbrush, shine or matte of the surface may all be seen up close in person. From across the room, you can sense the painting's power. You can stand in the artist's former space and try to envision what he or she was thinking with each brushstroke.

Understanding abstract art necessitates a creative mindset that encourages you to deduce the meaning for yourself. Like still lifes, portraits, and other forms of realistic art, it is difficult to grasp because it is accessible to interpretation in a manner that representational art is not.






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