How to Better Understand
Abstract art

Suggestion, explanation, discoveries and understanding 1:

"We can divide Abstract Art or the degree of abstraction in various stages:

1. Realistic paintings
Realistic paintings include the creation of an "image" to represent a subject as close as possible in a way that most of us perceive it, see it, or interpret it. We have full contact with the "source", as Lowry 2010, put it.

Title: The Beauty of Nature

2. Abstract-like
Imagine a puzzle that you received as a child (art puzzles are today also for adults: (go to ) and we ourselves had to figure out what it was and how we would get together the puzzle. Here is the puzzle that has a certain level of abstraction, not necessarily the image.

Title: Building blocks

3. Realistic but created with abstract components
In this category you can see what "it is" but different parts, elements or forms are abstracted.

Title: The Artist

4. Abstract, but still Figurative
Artwork in this category still has a certain similarity with the "source subject" so it can be regarded as figurative or to some extent as figurative. But it is far from realistic. The artist has transformed something perhaps simplified or by exaggerating certain parties.

Title: Pandemic

5. Abstract, no longer Figurative
At this stage, we have lost all contact with the "source". It is usually a composition of shapes, lines and colors. There we could call active parts. The artist has omitted parts of, say, white background, arise the forms anyway, but we can call them passive. Lowry says that since the early twentieth century, it is accepted that a good abstract composition need not bear any relation to the figurative. This we know well in contemporary art.

Title: Mr & Mrs Bates Joy

6. Abstract - Seeing into
The next category is called: "seeing-in"

An abstract painting can reach such a level of complexity that engage our brain in such a way that it seeks to "see" into the work and go exploring to find one or more forms that "look like" something. The brain is now starting to work with to bring order among the abstract forms in order to gain understanding.

Title: Earth Wind & Fire - Cityscape

The art has not developed into/from any "bubble" but has been influenced by the times of sociology, philosophy, religion, politics, science and technology. Not so strange because art is about life."

Reference: Lowry, 2010

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