Abstract Paintings

Abstract art has many definitions—essentially it is art that chooses not to depict its subject as it appears in reality, but through a more visually exploratory idiom of colour, shape, form and line that is often considered non-representational. Up until the 19th century, art in Europe was rooted in Classical Realism, with emphasis laid on providing an illusion of reality to recognisable objects in nature. With art movements like Impressionism and Art Nouveau gaining momentum during the late 1800s, artists had begun to distance themselves from the academic style of painting to find newer methods of expression. The precursors to abstract art – from Claude Monet’s “Water Lily” series of Impressionist paintings, to Henri Matisse’s Fauvist art works during the early 1900s, which employed loud, dissonant colours that greatly veered from its subject’s natural form – ushered in a new era of modern art in Europe.
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