Abstract Arts.. Google defines abstract art as art that does not attempt to represent external, recognizable reality but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures. Abstract art can be a painting or sculpture that does not depict a person, place or thing. Abstract art must not be obvious in what it is and may use color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale or the process itself.
Abstract art as we know it, was born in 1911 to a Russian artist named Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky is known for his color blocking abstract art. We’ve all seen those fading shapes and colors, never competing for space or expression. Kandinsky thought that color could cause emotion. In his abstract art, red is lively, green is peaceful with inner-strength, blue is deep and supernatural, yellow is warm, exciting, disturbing or completely crazy and white seems silent but full of possibilities. Kandinsky positioned his colors to tell a story of relationships. He also wonderfully assigned instrument tones to go with each color. What colors would you give instruments? Trumpet is red, green is the middle-position violin, light blue sounds like the flute, the cello sounds like dark blue, yellow sounds like a group of trumpets and white represents the pause in a harmonious melody. Wassily Kandinsky was an amazing artist and remains in my top ten artists of all time. He created a new art form, that is not an easy achievement, especially with abstract arts.
Learn more about Abstract art and Wassily Kandinsky in the Art History website, page titled What is Abstract Art? There was an artist group called Kandinsky’s Blue Rider. Members peruse abstraction and later evolve into Orphism, also called Orphic Cubism. Colored shapes were all the rage and Kandinsky was father to all in the abstract world.
I have made abstracts though all of the art I call abstract may not be when adhering to history. To remain obscure yet tell a wondrous story is nothing short of brilliant. I will get there but I am still learning. You can pick out which art is actually abstract in my Abstract Art Gallery.
The featured abstract art is called Klimt Respire, by artist Mary Clanahan. My abstracts are available for sale in Fine Art America Store, seen below. Purchase of my art will take you to Fine Art America secure website.