Examples Of Abstracts: What it is, and how to understand and interpret it
When it comes to expressing ourselves, it simply cannot be denied that art is most certainly one of the most effective and popular methods that a number of people all over the world seem to favor. Art is all around us and actually creating it itself is one of the most popular and sometimes even the most lucrative pastimes, hobbies, or careers in the entire world. As far as examples of art are concerned, well, you simply cannot deny that abstract art is up there with some of the greats themselves. But what exactly is abstract art and how can we understand it and interpret it? Let’s take a look shall we?
What is abstract art? – Abstract art is generally described as being a painting, sculpture, or other word of art including assemblage, that actually does not depict a living thing, creature, place, or person existing within the natural world. Therefore, what makes it so especially unique is that the work of art itself is based upon what the viewer sees through their own eyes, and how they interpret it. Shapes, sizes, brushstrokes, colours, and scale are all left open to the imagination. It is believed to have begun around the year 1911, featuring works by a Russian artist named Wassily Kandinsky, one of which was named “Picture within a Circle”. He believed that certain colors were able to provoke emotions, so green could be peaceful, red could be lively and passionate, yellow was warm and soothing, and so on. From here viewers could associate colors with feelings and emotions which would help them to interpret various abstracts based upon what they saw. Abstract art engages and challenges the mind, but it also challenges and engages emotions based on what we see and what we connect what we see with, past memories for example.
How to interpret abstract art – Abstract art allows viewers to make their own interpretations of what the work of art is actually all about, but it does so, on an extremely personal type of level. The best way to understand artwork however, it’s important that you understand the reasoning of the artist responsible for creating it in the first place. Knowing the though process allows us to get a rough idea of what we’re looking at and can help to add a layer of value and meaning to our individual interpretation. Look at the title of the artwork, think of the first thought that comes to mind when viewing the work, find out about other influences, and try to look beyond the obvious. Do you see something that resembles a smiling face? Look closer, is it in fact smiling, and if so, why? People smile from frustration, they smile from rage, and they smile to hide their true emotions, so just because you see something resembling a smiling face, ask yourself whether happiness is truly the reason why.
Famous examples of abstract art – Abstract art is relatively new when compared with other forms of art, yet despite this, it is still hugely popular and there are already a number of hugely popular famous examples out there. Here are just a couple:
Josef Albers – Homage to the Square – This is a series of abstracts that began in the year 1950. At first glance it’s relatively simple to look at as there are a number of different squares painted onto the canvas, each one a different shade of yellow to the last and each one a slightly different size. But why the different shapes, sizes, and shades of yellow, and why yellow in the first place? That’s down to the viewers to decide for themselves.
Mark Rothko – Four darks in red – Painted back in 1958, Four darks in red is relatively simple at first glance, featuring darker rectangular shapes painted over a bright and vivid red background just from the description alone, the colors aren’t friendly or warming, so people tend to interpret it as foreboding, deep, and sometimes even sinister.