How To Understand Abstract Art

Abstract art allows you as a viewer to decide what is the meaning of the artwork. You need to literally open your intuition and see where the painting takes you. You have to connect with the art work, because the art on its own it’s not going to tell you nor show you what is its meaning.

Appreciating an artwork means understanding the artist’s reasons behind it. In fact, what makes an art beautiful is in our (viewer’s) hands. We can bring our own meaning to an artwork based upon our life experiences, memories and personalities. One doesn’t need to know exactly what the artwork is about in order to appreciate it.picasso-abstract-paintingOn the other hand, knowing the meaning of the beautiful abstract art and recognizing the artist’s effort for creating a certain piece of work, adds a more value and meaning of our personal art understanding. To better understand the chosen beautiful abstract art you might need to do a bit of an extra legwork related to the artists work and his/her intentions. 

Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes… Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an explosion into unknown areas.”

– Arshile Gorky

All art is created within a certain context. Artists, just like their art pieces, are defined by the era in which they are working. This means that they are influenced by the things happening at the moment, especially in the society, politics, They are also influenced by their current feelings and the things that surround them everyday like pop culture and their own daily lives. All of these things influence the artist’s way of thinking, leaving impressions on the artist’s mind.

Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? …people who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.”

– Pablo Picasso

Well, Picasso had a point. Art cannot be explained with words, because its influence on people is individual and personal, which means that art is a real experience. You must stop trying to find the meaning with words, and let the beautiful piece of art work take you somewhere else and lift you into higher places.

Try to think differently and be different – that’s when you are going to understand the real meaning of an abstract work.