Abstract Art — A Brief


Abstract art combines a beautiful visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a definite degree of independence from visual references seen in the world today and in the past. Western art was typically underpinned by the logic of perspective during and after the Renaissance up to the middle of the 19th century. Abstract Artists of the day attempted to reproduce an illusion of visible reality.

Arts from many other cultures other European were accessible and showed many alternative ways of describing visual experience to the artist. Artists felt a need to create a new kind of art which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place within the worlds of technology, science and philosophy. Most of this occurring around the end of the 19th century.

Social and intellectual preoccupations in all areas of Western culture during these times reflected the social and intellectual preoccupations in all areas of Western culture. The sources from which individual artists drew their theoretic arguments were very diverse.

These terms are loosely related terms, nonrepresentational art, Abstract art and nonobjective art. The concept of abstraction points to a departure from reality in the presentation of imagery in art.

This departure can be only slight, or it can be partial, or it can be complete from the actual representation in accuracy. Even art that aims for the highest degree a similarity can be said to be abstract, at least theoretically, since perfect representation is likely to be a continuum of the elusive.

Total abstraction for the most part is anything but recognizable. Artwork which takes very small and minor liberties, altering for instance color and form in ways that are conspicuous, is partially abstract. An example geometric abstraction one would not seem to find references to any naturalistic entities. Figurative or representational art and complete abstraction are 99.9 percent mutually exclusive. Figurative and representational (or realistic) art do sometimes contain partial abstraction.

In the cases of Geometric Abstraction and Lyrical Abstraction they are most often 100 percent abstract within the context of abstract art.

Bryon Zirker