What is the idea behind abstract art
The basic premise of abstraction - by the way, the key question of aesthetics - is that the formal qualities of a painting or sculpture are just as important if not more than its representational qualities.
Let s start with a very simple illustration. A painting may contain a very bad drawing of a person, but if his colors are very beautiful, it may nevertheless appear to us as a beautiful painting. This shows how formal quality color can override representative quality drawing .
On the other hand, a photorealistic painting of a terrace house can showcase an elegant representation, but the subject matter, color scheme, and overall composition can be downright boring.
The philosophical rationale for evaluating the value of the formal qualities of a work of art follows from Plato s statement that: straight lines and circles ... are not only beautiful ... but eternally and absolutely beautiful.
In fact, Plato indicated that non-naturalistic images circles, squares, triangles, etc. have absolute, unchanging beauty. Thus, a painting can only be appreciated for its line and color - it does not need to depict a natural object or scene.
Some abstract artists describe their work by wanting to create a visual equivalent of a piece of music that can be appreciated solely for themselves, without asking the question: What is this painting Whistler, for example, gave some of his paintings musical titles such as Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea 1871, Tate Collection.
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