I felt like providing somewhat of a history lesson today, I’ve long been a fan of abstract art, as I eluded to in my previous post. However many people are blissfully unaware of its inception and meaning. I believe that abstract art is a revolutionary art-form that is present in much of the natural world and our industrial world today. It is absolutely everywhere, if you look closely enough and so it is absolutely essential to document and elucidate its prevalence throughout the world.
It is widely acknowledged within the artistic world that abstract paintings and drawings can truly be whatever you make of it. Or, clearly, in the case of many – whatever you do not make of it. Many of us believe that it is a form of visual language that incorporates a range of different components; lines, colours, form and shape – together these can be utilised, with the addition of minimalistic visual references to the real world, to craft wonderfully insightful pieces that are truly open to interpretation.
Abstract art’s first inception was in the early 19th century when artists across the world were searching for a new type of art form that was widely separated from classical and at the time ‘contemporary’ pieces of art. At the time, many words and phrases were circulating within the artistic world to describe these new pieces; non-representational, non-objective and much more. These are now seen as belonging to the same family of abstract art.
Ultimately, abstract art is a form of abstraction, as per the name. It typically depicts an illustration of the departure from natural imagery. There are varying levels of this, some pieces are strongly indicative of natural art, with a hint of abstraction. Whereas other pieces are entirely abstract and are therefore not clearly a representation of anything real and are left up to the imagination of the viewer, despite the fact that the image may have initially been incepted as a result of an idea from nature.
As you can see, the concept, while particularly simple – is difficult to coin in a few lines. I believe that this is part of the beauty of the concept however.
Below is another gorgeous piece that I discovered recently, despite it being dated 1936:
This stunning piece was produced by Tobey Mark in 1936, it is titled “Broadway”.
Here we can see extremely strong utilisation of both horizontals and verticals, highlighted beautifully by plain colours and a rough outline. It is an extremely intricate piece that elegantly describes the New York city. Again, making reference to my earlier post, this beautiful painting makes me extremely envious and jealous. While the concept of this painting is particularly basic, it has been put together with such expertise that it truly is a wonderful piece of art.
I loved this piece so much that I have began working on one of my own, I can’t ever imagine it will ever be of the same standard of this masterpiece… However the beauty of art and particularly abstract art is that your own interpretation can be perceived in a number of different ways, entirely dependent on the viewer.
As always, thank you for reading this folks, I will be back shortly updating you on future things I am working on, my thoughts, ideas and generally what I’ve been up to recently.