What does abstract art mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstractionism, abstract art(noun)

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


  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.


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abstract art in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abstract art in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Al Capp:

    Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.

  2. Al Capp:

    Abstract art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.

  3. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Writing is an abstract art of drawing pictures of the conscious and subconscious mind with words.

  4. Al Capp:

    [Abstract art is] a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.

  5. Pablo Picasso:

    There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

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