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How to see abstract paintings

Updated: Jul 29

Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect.


Abstract Paintings value apparently is not about artist techniques, the fine color tones or lines and boundaries, but instead it is about the story behind the artwork, to understand the core of abstraction we need to have a close look to abstraction origins.



Hilma af Klint (26 October 1862 – 21 October 1944) was a Swedish artist and mystic whose paintings are considered among the first abstract works known in Western art history. A considerable body of her work predates the first purely abstract compositions by Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian. She belonged to a group called "The Five", comprising a circle of women inspired by Theosophy, who shared a belief in the importance of trying to contact the so-called "High Masters"—often by way of séances. Her paintings, which sometimes resemble diagrams, were a visual representation of complex spiritual ideas.


Abstraction was a theosophical simplification movement against the complex Arts, philosophies and literature.

Now is full abstraction a real art

First we need to answer, what are the boundaries of art?

Art is a subject of beauty, creativity and uniqueness that touches emotions to deliver a message.


Full abstract paintings could be beautiful and creative but because of the low painting skills level it requires, it is indeed reproducible and lack the factor of uniqueness.


Artist approaching human emotions to deliver a message, in case of full abstraction paintings, artist could touch viewers emotions, but there will be no message to deliver.


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