15 May 2008
Abstract Art - Did you know?
Abstract art is art that does not depict objects in the natural world, but instead uses colour and form in a non-representational way. In the very early 20th century, the term was more often used to describe art, such as Cubist and Futurist art, that depicts real forms in a simplified or rather reduced way—keeping only an allusion to the original natural subject. Such paintings were often claimed to capture something of the depicted objects' immutable intrinsic qualities rather than its external appearance (abstraction). The more precise terms, "non-figurative art," "non-objective art," and "non-representational art" avoid any possible ambiguity.
If you are interested it would be a worthwhile exercise to look up some of the American Abstract expressionists who are purely abstract. They include Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, and Hans Hofmann among others.
I thought this was a snippet of information to whet your appetite and introduce you to the very wide, wild and weird world of abstract art... a journey I initially resisted but am truly beginning to enjoy!
Please Note: Above image is by Mark Rothko.