Abstract Art Defined<br />A nonrepresentational style in painting or sculpture.<br />A painting or sculpture that does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world - even in an extremely distorted or exaggerated way.<br />The subject of the work is based on what you see: color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale and, in some cases, the process.<br />
Types of Abstractionism: Lyrical<br />Lyrical Abstraction is a French style of abstract painting prevalent in 1945 -1960. <br />Emphasizes "hot" organic and lyrical form of abstraction versus "cold" geometric abstraction form. <br />Opposed not only to Cubist and Surrealist movements that preceded it, but also to geometric abstraction.<br />Also referred to as “tachisme” painting. <br />
Types of Abstractionism: Geometric<br />Geometric abstraction is a form of abstract art based on the relationships between geometric shapes, forms, colors and textures.<br />“The impact of the acute angle of a triangle on a circle produces an effect no less powerful than the finger of God touching the finger of Adam in Michelangelo.” –Wassily Kandinsky<br />
Abstractionism: Contributing Factors<br />Abstract art grew from the semirepresentational style of Cubism, incorporating the wild use of color that began in Fauvism.<br />Major artists: Kandinsky, Mondrian, Malevich <br />Georgia O’Keeffe, Black Place IV, 1944. <br />
Wassily Kandinsky<br />Composition IV (1911) <br />
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)<br /><ul><li>“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.”
Russian-born artist, one of the first creators of pure abstraction in modern painting.
After successful avant-garde exhibitions, he founded the influential Munich group DerBlaue Reiter (The Blue Rider; 1911-14) and began completely abstract painting.
His forms evolved from lyrical and organic to geometric.</li></ul>Composition VIII (1923)<br />