Definitions for abstract art

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word abstract art

Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. abstractionism, abstract art(noun)

    an abstract genre of art; artistic content depends on internal form rather than pictorial representation

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. abstract art(Noun)

    Art that does not depict objects in the natural world, but instead uses color and form in a non-representational way.

FreebaseRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Abstract art

    Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. Western art had been, from the Renaissance up to the middle of the 19th century, underpinned by the logic of perspective and 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. Abstract art, nonfigurative art, nonobjective art, and nonrepresentational art are loosely related terms. They are similar, but perhaps not of identical meaning. Abstraction indicates a departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art. This departure from accurate representation can be only slight, or it can be partial, or it can be complete. Abstraction exists along a continuum. Even art that aims for verisimilitude of the highest degree can be said to be abstract, at least theoretically, since perfect representation is likely to be exceedingly elusive. Artwork which takes liberties, altering for instance color and form in ways that are conspicuous, can be said to be partially abstract. Total abstraction bears no trace of any reference to anything recognizable. In geometric abstraction, for instance, one is unlikely to find references to naturalistic entities. Figurative art and total abstraction are almost mutually exclusive. But figurative and representational art often contains partial abstraction.

Translations for abstract art

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for abstract art »


Find a translation for the abstract art definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these abstract art definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"abstract art." STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 31 Mar. 2015. < art>.

Are we missing a good definition for abstract art? Don't keep it to yourself...

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for abstract art:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.