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What are Abstract Paintings?

Essentially, "Abstract art" is art wherein a realistic subject is abstracted or altered to the fundamentals of its form. A real object is reduced to its essential elements until it simply gestures to the original object that inspired it. However, with time, the term "abstraction" has broadened and does not require a work to have its beginnings with a real object. Art without any reference to objects from the real world, any arrangement of forms, hues, textures and patterns, is also considered to be abstract art.

Abstract painting is the art of subjectivity. It does not clearly state what the art is all about. Rather, the viewer is at the liberty to interpret it, based on his or her opinions, feelings, or aesthetic sensibilities. Abstract paintings affect the viewer on deeper levels of the mind. The sub-conscious mind is what actually sees the art, which is why an abstract artwork which captivates one person may be unfathomable and disinteresting to another person’s. This trait, makes an abstract painting an enigma.

Styles in Abstract Art

Broadly, abstract art included the movements of Surrealism, Cubism, Fauvism, and Dadaism. The roots of abstract painting, though, can be found with Post-Impressionism. Post-Impressionism was an art movement which matured in France just before the twentieth century. Early examples of abstraction included works in which a face or form could be recognized, yet it would be an integration of other smaller drawings. Pointillism, for one, was a technique used by abstract artist Georges Seurat, who employed dots to create people and places. Works of Vincent van Gogh are an example of Post-Impressionism as his style reflected usage of color and light in his works, giving the impression of light dancing on the fields and meadows he drew. Pablo Picasso, developed Cubism, in which the faces and forms of his subjects were abstracted by the usage of geometrical shapes, exaggerated curves & edges, making it looked like an assembly of forms.

Abstract Paintings as Wall Art

Abstract art speaks differently to different viewers. As it so easily evades definition, there are many styles of abstract art, which is why there is something for everyone and every décor. Abstract art is chosen more on impulse as art lovers often buy abstract art only when they instantly relate to it, or if it reaches their hearts. Abstract art conveys a mood, which is why abstract paintings can evoke strong emotions in an individual. Abstract art may be a great way for adding an impactful visual and a certain character to a space. Artoreal has an enticing range of abstract paintings to choose from, great to complement contemporary as well as traditional home décor.