Abstract And Contemporary Art : Paintings That Connects To Your Heart
What is Abstract and Contemporary Art?
Abstract Art in its most basic form is the modern take classical artistic expression form like Expressionism, Impressionism, and Romanticism. In fact, abstract art as we have come to know it today almost didn’t exist until the late 19th century. It had been experimented on by classical artists in the 17th and 18th century, but it had not yet been recognized as a distinct practice that could capitalize as a separate art entity in itself.
Broadly speaking, when we talk about abstract art, we also mention Figurative and Non-Figurative art. But there are subtle differences between these three art forms and a sweeping generalization is not so easily explained. It is prudent therefore to consider Abstractionism in art as being fundamentally different from these other 2 categories. In fact, we may even say that Abstract Art is totally different in the sense that artists aim to deliberately distort their depictions of seemingly random and ordinary things.
This deviation of reality is what makes Abstract art so popular and unique. Depending on the level of abstractionism we divide this art in to two categories; Fauvism and Cubism. If the paintings depict a partial deviation from reality then it is termed as Fauvism whereas complete deviation is Cubism. Thus we can conclude that abstract art never really strives to create artistic brilliance in the form of realism (as was the case in classical art) but rather there are a whole horde of potential subjects that can be addressed through Abstract Art.
The Appeal of Abstract and Contemporary Art
Contemporary and Abstract Art have enjoyed good popularity and enthusiasm ever since the late 19th century, the mere fact that abstractionism can effectively cover a whole array of human emotions and “mind” conditions on canvas is truly amazing. Abstract artists create meaning out of chaos, what may seem at first glance a completely random canvas with random lines and haphazard blotches of color actually translates into quite complex emotions. People draw influence from these paintings and it is said that abstract art has a certain way of capturing people’s emotions that any classical art rarely does.
There is also the fact that different people perceive things differently, and thus it is with abstract art. What someone may identify with one art piece can be completely different from what others see in it, such is the beauty of Abstract Art. No other art form has such a high level of relation with the human psychology as abstract art does. Quite often psychiatrists make use of abstract art to make inferences about the mental health and state of their patients.
There have been a number of different artists that adopted abstractionism at one point or another, the earliest “proper” work in abstract art can be attributed to Robert Delauney, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. Kandinsky’s 1911 masterpiece “Composition IV” is particularly noteworthy here since at the time it was exhibited, it left audiences gasping. Nobody could see any definite meaning in his painting but it couldn’t be denied that there was something ethereal and mysterious about it. The famous Pablo Picasso also experimented with abstractionism at one time, his painting “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” portrayed women in Asian attire, but their torsos and heads were mysteriously elongated and out of proportion, the colors used were also different from reality (the women had blue skin).
Russian artist Kasimir Malevich produced his first abstract in 1913. Other notable artists during 20th century include Piet Mondrian, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still, Willen De Koonings, Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell. Piet Mondrian for the first time used grids of different color to make rectangles which is abstractionism at its most basic.
Some famous artists of today that specialize in Abstract Art include the British artists Damien Hirst and Howard Hodgkin. Damien Hirst is probably the most well known among abstract artists of today, he has contributed some of the strangest and outright bizarre works to ever be put on display. His 75 million Euro masterpiece “For the Love of God” consists of a plaster cast of a human skull, studded with thousands of rare diamonds.