Abstract art has been around for thousands of years. It could be argued that abstract art essentially started with the cave paintings, which have been rediscovered in modern times, but were created thousands of years ago. Abstract fine art as an artform has held its own against changing art movements for centuries.
What is Abstract Art?
How do we define abstract art? Abstraction literally means the distancing of an idea from objective references. That means, in the visual arts, pulling a depiction away from any literal, representational reference points. You can also call abstract art non-representational art. It is a style of art that breaks away from drawing art as it is represented in real life. Abstract art is about exploring form and color and isn’t about making perfect copies of real life. It’s about creating art in a way which expresses how the artist feels.
Stylistically, abstract art included the movements of Surrealism, Dadaism, Cubism, and Fauvism. Other abstract art forms include Suprematism, Art Informel, Neo-Plasticism, and De Stijl. Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky are examples of famous artists who favoured abstract art as a style, amongst many others.
Modern abstract fine art was born early in the 20th century. It was completely radical for its day. Artists began to create simplified objections with little or no reference to the “real” world. Some of the earliest abstract works look very “modern” in their style and design and are sometimes indistinguishable from more recent works.
The first artist to create abstract art as we know it will always remain a mystery but Wassily Kandinsky is often credited by historians as he created paintings of floating, non-representational forms as early as 1912. His work brought abstraction to the United States during the Armory Show in 1913.
Abstract fine art now lives in the art world in many forms. It is two- and three-dimensional. It can be vast or small. Abstract art can also be made with many materials and on many surfaces. It can be used in concert with representational art or completely abstract. Artists creating it often focus on other visual qualities like color, form, texture, scale and more in their nonobjective work.
The continuing interest in abstract art lies in its ability to inspire our curiosity about the reaches of our imagination and the potential for us to create something completely unique in the world.
A major obstacle to making an abstract artwork is the barrier in your mind that questions whether abstract art is a legitimate art form—legitimate for you at least. This block may be because you still wonder, “Is abstract art really ‘art’ at all?”
Historically, abstract art is a “legitimate” art form, and that judgment was settled well over a century ago.
Still, there is our frustration with the fact that there’s no universal agreement to the answer of the question: What is abstract fine art? What’s important here is to look at that artistic dilemma as an opportunity rather than a roadblock. The opportunity is that abstract art can mean anything you want it to in your personal work, giving you unrestrained territory to create.
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