Abstract Art - Connecting to the Soul
One who is not attuned with fine art may think that abstract art is only a jumble of colors, lines, and shapes. However, this is far from the truth. By definition, an abstract composition is unique in the absolute abandonment of representational intentions. On the other hand, representational or figurative art can be described as requiring mild interpretation or unambiguous. The meaning of this art form is best described by the artist himself. Viewers of abstract works may interpret the work in their own way, even if their interpretation is different from the artist’s.
This form of art is almost always an expression of an artist’s soul. This artistic style can be considered contemporary or modern because of its origins in the 19th century. It is an answer to the neoclassicist style, which was renewed during the 18th century. Non-representational art is synonymous to the Avant-Garde. Its many derivatives include Impressionism, Romanticism, Expressionism, and Post-Impressionism during the 19th century and Cubism, Fauvism, and Surrealism during the 20th century.
Emotions aside, several abstract paintings by a particular artist may hold common characteristics. Pablo Picasso’s Cubist paintings have similar characteristics, yet his Cubist paintings are different from those of other artists. Gustav Klimt’s abstraction styles are characterized by bold colors and distorted representations of the female form. Other artists also have their own abstraction styles, which are unique only to them. Perhaps the similarity among most abstract works is that these works stem from the artist’s emotions, which are laid out for the world to see.
Many abstract works are geometric experiments done by the artists, who use the principles of art like shape, line, color, and space to express meaning and mood. Figurative and non-representational art both speak to the viewer. Non-representational art is also a conversation between the artist and the viewer. The artist, through the abstract composition, may speak volumes to a viewer with his interpretation of the artwork. On the other hand, a viewer may have his or her own interpretation of the artwork. It is an exchange of ideas between both parties.
Abstract artists simply create their works to express their emotions and perceptions, and they present their perceptions to viewer. Abstraction is also another way for an artist to connect with his soul to derive inspiration. Artists may also conceptualize to deliberately attempt to sway the viewer’s emotions or thoughts. An abstract work with splashes of red may incite anger or agitation from the viewer. An abstract work with a soft geometrical composition or shades of blue may remind viewers of tranquility or peace.
Art appreciation is an education for one’s soul. People feed their souls whenever they permit any kind of art to enter their range of perception. This is because people are open to new ideas, deepening or changing of emotions and a connection to humanity’s most exalted facets. Abstract art is not merely composition or the integration of colors and lines. Like any language, it is a form of communication that involves color and composition. It speaks to our soul, as a doorway, just like poetry, far and near music.
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