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Abstract Paintings - How to Understand Abstract Art

4 Июл 2019 в 12:17am

"Everyone wants to comprehend art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird?...people who try to describe pictures usually are barking up the wrong tree." - Pablo Picasso


What Picasso says about understanding art is quite highly relevant to how we approach abstract paintings. Lots of people think that abstract paintings should have a particular meaning of some type, which may be clearly understood and articulated if perhaps they knew how. This misconception isn't helped by the endless method of getting people willing to spout nonsense by what they believe the artist was wanting to say. The almost inevitable consequence of this situation is that people can either feel as though they're being excluded from sharing in a few secret knowledge, or alternatively conclude that abstract painting is in fact all a sham. Either way, the end result is that numerous people don't feel well-disposed towards modern art or abstract paintings.


I certainly identify with Picasso's remark so far as my own, personal paintings are concerned. If I had a certain message or even a and therefore I could articulate in words, then I'd articulate it in words - the painting could have no purpose. The complete point of making an abstract painting is so it embodies something that only it can, in a way that can not be placed into words. It's not an article it is a painting - it encompasses and expresses things in a language that is exclusive to the medium of paint.
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That's why we must not attempt to'understand'abstract paintings in the way people sometimes feel they ought to be able to.


The viewer should not choose a clear narrative in a abstract painting - it's not going to tell a story, or refer to an additional'subject'in exactly the same way a figurative painting will. But that doesn't mean there is no meaning or no subject, or that abstract paintings cannot keep in touch with and move people. When asked about subject material, the Abstract Expressionist artist Jackson Pollock said, "I am the subject ".Pollock's statement is not only true, it is inevitable.


The experiences, personality, memories and mood of the abstract artist cannot help but be fed to the painting if the artist approaches the task in an open and honest way. I do not want an external subject or idea before I can cause a painting - I merely begin. The fact I am me and no-one else is what makes my work dissimilar to anyone else's, and exactly the same is true of all artists. The colours I choose, the marks a make, the accidents I decide to leave, or even to obliterate, they are all items that I choose due to who I am.


If you were to present a number of different artists with the same basic design on a fabric and inquire further to get a brush and develop the painting, the differences in what they would choose to accomplish will be enormous. I have watched other abstract artists at work with paintings and thought "I could not in a million years have chosen that colour and use it there." Not because I think it is wrong or bad, but since they are who they're and (to quote that other leading artist, Morrisey!) "only I am I ".



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