Abstract Art? What IS Abstract Art?

July 7th, 2009 by jules

The term Abstract Art gets thrown around a lot.  It seems that any time a piece of Art is not Realism, the term Abstract is used…

In the colloquial sense, what is ?  I see it being used as a blanket term which encompasses many movements:  , Cubism, De Stijl, Expressionist, Modern Art…

What these styles of Art have in common that become referred to as Abstract Art, is Art that is more concerned with getting across beauty, a feeling or a thought, than worrying about representing things in a realistic manner.  I am a huge fan of “Abstract Art,” because due to the invention of the camera, Realism seems lost to me.

I enjoy the act of painting but the drawing part is just a way to control my painting.  If almost any artist takes enough time in a drawing they can capture a realist quality but what more does that add to the work, I wonder?  As you may know I am a huge fan of the Dada movement, mostly for the unexpectedness.  My taste in Art is quite clear if you follow my links on twitter, but if not, here are some examples of Dada influenced Abstract Art I like:

Marcel Duchamp

Nude Descending a Staircase No.2 Duchamp_-_Nude_Descending_a_Staircase

George Grosz

The Pillars of Society grosz

Francis Picabia

Star Dancer on a Transatlantic Steamer


And here is one of mine…

Done with Printing

Done with Printing

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