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What are Abstract Paintings?
Abstract paintings emerged from the late 19th century and early 20th century modernist movements. This movement was against traditional academic painting. Most artists until this turning point painted according to Classical Realism methods, using realistic perspective, shading, and other techniques to create recognizable scenes and subject matter.
Many modern artists sought to create art for art’s sake. They didn’t want to refer to objects in the real world, instead turned to abstract canvas paintings. This was believed to be a “pure art”. Its subjects invented by the artists as opposed to being taken from the world.
Abstract art emphasizes a work’s formal qualities over its representational subject matter. By its very nature it leads artists to experiment with different techniques such as using vivid yet arbitrary colors, creating new shapes, and rejecting realistic three-dimensional perspective. These approaches to abstract art paintings spanned across several movements, including Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism.
Part of the beauty and allure of abstract paintings is that these paintings can be interpreted in different ways according to each person’s own perspective.