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Abstract Art

Abstract art refers to art where the representation of the real is minimised either completely or partially, where only some visual elements of the external world are extracted (meaning “to abstract”) on to the image. This rose in the search of a new artistic language that seemingly said “modern” as opposed to pure representation image-making earlier. An issue that crops up while defining abstract art in terms of representation is that painting a fictional subject or landscape does not represent anything in reality but might not qualify as abstraction. Abstract art has to hold the two adages that it is not representational and that it doesn’t represent anything. Different styles have been pursued to achieve abstraction in art, with geometric patterning, structural changes in the subjects, colours and now with mixed media and digital art.

 

Further Reading

Abstract Art by Anna Moszynska


Wassily Kandinsky, On White 2, 1923