In Western art history during the early 20th Century there was a break from the notion that a painting had to represent something. Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism and other art movements began.
Abstract Expressionism, which emerged in the 1940s, it is a category of art in which the artist expresses themselves purely through the use of form, color and texture, nonobjective art, and nonrepresentational art, are loosely related terms, and although similar, they are not identical meaning.
Abstract Art is considered to be the first American artistic movement of international importance; the term Abstract was initially used to describe the works of artists such as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Arshile Gorky.
The abstract art movement can be more or less divided into two areas, firstly Action Painting, practiced by artists such as Pollock, de Kooning and Franz Kline, this style of abstract art illustrated the physical action involved in painting, secondly Color Field Painting, practiced by Mark Rothko and Kenneth Noland, among others, was principally concerned with exploring the effects of pure color on a piece of canvas art.
As Picasso famously said, "there is no such thing as Abstract Canvas Art;
everything has to come from somewhere". Abstract Art is a visual
'language' which expresses the world and emotion through simple line and
color. Until the beginning of the twentieth century, European Artwork
was very much dedicated to the reproduction of visible realities. It
was the end of the nineteenth century when Artists began to question
that reality, both philosophically and scientifically. This was a time
of diversity, new technology and intellectual theories, all of which was
reflected within western social culture at the time. The truth of
'reality' for many Artists is that all art is Abstract Art. To
reproduce what we perceive to be real can only ever be a verisimilitude
of the 'truth'. As Michelangelo wrote in his manuscripts, 'Reality is
subject to a 'mortal veil'.
Abstract Art could be related to two other, similar, art forms, which
are non-objective and non-representational art. However, Abstract Art is
representational. However, the Artist might choose to create a slight,
partial or complete abstraction from reality. A partially Abstract Art
painting would still bare significant reference to naturalistic forms,
although, most often, colors would be 'liberated'. There are many
degrees of Abstract Art, between partial and complete Abstraction. For
example, Geometric Abstraction is complete; it bares no reference to
natural forms. Complete Abstract Canvas Art,
however, does have some relation to ancient, even prehistoric art.
When geometric forms were symbolic and descriptive in their own right,
as well as being decorative. Chinese painting and Calligraphy are
perfect examples of how symbolic, geometric forms can be intriguing and
interesting visually, without the need to understand them.
By the beginning of the twentieth century, Art and Artists had
experienced many significant reforms. Romanticism, the Impressionists,
the Post Impressionists, they all contributed to the development of the
Abstract Art movement. James Whistler was among the first Artists to
experiment with creating visual sensations, rather than literal, visual
depictions. Post Impressionist Artists, Paul Cezanne and George Seurat
aimed to recreate 'reality' through the logical construction of flat,
modulated areas of color, from a singular point of view. Their work
would have a huge impact upon twentieth century Art. It was this new
form of 'Abstract Art' that was further developed by Braque and Picasso.
While Impressionism moved towards, what is now referred to as,
Abstract Art, Expressionist Artists were producing bold, intense and
colorful works; charged by the personal emotions of the Artist, that is,
their perception and reactions towards 'reality'. The emphasis for
Expressionists was not on the 'things' which make up our reality, but on
our psychological responses to them.
There is no doubt; the work of the Post Impressionists was highly
influential with regards to the development of Abstract Art. Artists had
revolutionized the world of Art. Pablo Picasso based his 'Cubist'
Abstractions upon the ideas of Cezanne, by 'reducing reality' to three
main, significant geometric shapes; the cube, sphere and cone. In 1907
Picasso produced a primitive and somewhat tribal scene, known as 'Les
Demoiselles d'Avignon', in the new 'Cubist' style. It was he, and Artist
Georges Braque who developed another Abstract Art form, 'Analytical
Cubism'. Abstract Canvas Art in the twenty first century follows no
real 'consensus' of style. More a philosophy which effectively
epitomizes the 'anything goes' approach. Abstract Art is used to
describe many styles and aesthetic 'temperaments', while buyers and
critics are left to judge its merit and importance. Abstract Art seems
to follow an ever expanding highway, with a multitude of directions,
something, which is highly liberating for both Artists and enthusiasts
Previous distinctions between figurative and Abstract Art has diminished, especially now, in the twenty first century. Abstract Art canvas sets
are very decorative, and a highly popular choice for today's discerning
buyer. Bold colors and geometric forms sit well in both modern and
more classic homes. A huge selection of modern, oil on canvas, partial
and complete, Abstractions are available. With virtually no boundaries,
Artists are free to produce highly unique Abstract Canvas Art, and
buyers are free to choose, with little 'stigma' attached to those
choices. More than a hundred years of development now means that we can
enjoy an Abstract Art which has never been more diverse, or accessible.
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