Abstract Art Paintings

Written by Charles Peacock
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Abstract art paintings seem confusing for a lot of people. Some of us are accustomed to the idea that art should have some specific meaning, or at least reproduce some recognizable scene or object. But abstract art paintings go beyond this simple convention, and in doing so have created a whole new genre of artwork.

Abstract Art Paintings Explained

The word "abstract" is defined by Webster as "disassociated from any specific instance" or simply "difficult to understand." This is an intimidating definition, and it has a lot to do with people's misconceptions of abstract art paintings. But the reality is that abstract art doesn't have to be inaccessible.

Abstract art paintings were born out of artists' dissatisfaction with painting the same old scenes in the same old styles. Around the turn of the 20th century, painters became interested more interested in the meaning of color and shape, and began to eschew traditional modes of painting. Abstract art was born.

Jackson Pollock, a renowned abstract artist, explained that art doesn't have to always have a meaning. His feeling was that it only needed to look beautiful. By using color and shape as an inspiration rather than a blueprint, abstract artists are able to create images that sooth us without saying something specific. Abstract art is best compared to music, which can inspire emotions without having a particular message or meaning.


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