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Art Speak: Abstract Art

Posted in Inside Scoop by Charlotte Broomfield on 13th January 2016

Art speak can be confusing. This week we delve into the realms of abstract. MoMA says 'Abstract' is 'a term generally used to describe art that is not representational or based on external reality or nature'. We look into it and bring you 5 of our favourite abstract works on Rise Art.

WHAT IS ABSTRACT ART?

Abstract is a term generally used to describe art that is not representational or based on external reality or nature. Western art had been, from the Renaissance up to the middle of the 19th century, loosely regarded as an attempt to reproduce an illusion of visible reality. The arts of cultures other than the European had become accessible and showed alternative ways of describing visual experience to the artist. 

By the end of the 19th century many artists felt a need to create a new kind of art which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy. The sources from which individual artists drew their theoretical arguments were diverse, and reflected the social and intellectual preoccupations in all areas of Western culture at that time.
 
The abstract giants are largely regarded as: Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Kurt Schwitters, Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky. 

L'Oiseau Migrateur
Joan Miro

FIVE OF THE BEST ABSTRACTS ON RISE ART

Dark Wave
Tina Mammoser

Cherry Blosson Tree
Alex Cave

Peacock Jump
Victoria Horkan

Waiting on a dream
Amanda Wigglesworth

The Shirt
Kristin Gaudio-Endsley

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