Saturday, January 31, 2015

Art of seeing the Abstract Art

Artist: Raman B

Abstract art is now generally understood to mean art that does not depict objects in the natural world, but instead uses colour and form in a non-representational way.
 In the very early 20th century, the term was more often used to describe art, such as Cubist and Futurist art, that depicts real forms in a simplified or rather reduced way—keeping only an allusion of the original natural subject. Such paintings are often claimed to capture something of the depicted objects' immutable intrinsic qualities rather than its external appearance. Although this abstract art is nothing new but humans have made non-objective art since they first drew pictures in the dirt or on the cave walls.

But like we studied in the classes of Art history, “the pendulum of art goes from abstract to realistic and vice versa”. Be it an individual’s art or the Art movements of the world.
Now how to see abstract art?  What I mean is how to appreciate abstract art?  Renowned Art Historian Professor Goswamy once told all images remind us of something. So when you stand in front of an abstract painting trying to figure out its meaning try not to figure out the meaning but try to feel what it reminds to you. It might not always remind you of any object but it can remind you of a feeling. A feeling that aroused in you by meeting someone, reading something, touching or smelling or looking or hearing something. 
That's how abstract art acts on you.

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