#art, A Few Other Things About Abstract Art… (Esp/Eng)

(«Cuadro abstracto No. 44» Francisco Bravo Cabrera/All Rights Reserved)

I know I have talked a lot about abstract art, and I am not even an abstract artist, but there is so much to say about this vanguard art movement of the XXth Century that I had to break it up into separate segments. Well, like I said many times before, there are basically only two types of art: Figurative and Abstract. So abstract art is everything that figurative is not and figurative is everything that abstract isn’t. Right?


Abstract art is that art which has no resemblance whatsoever to anything pertaining to the natural world we inhabit. But it does not mean that it cannot resemble all that we can imagine exists in our world or others. Abstract art cannot have anything in the composition that resembles a figure, if it does, it is not abstract. There are many paintings which appear to be abstract and perhaps confuse many people into thinking they are abstract but they are just figurative paintings that are stylised, surreal, expressionistic or whatever the artist wanted to do with them, but as long as they have a figure or something akin to one, they are not abstract.

Now, for today I just wanted to add that for me, as well as for many other figurative painters, abstract art has taught me how to create figurative art in a much wider fashion. It has taught me how to appreciate the great figurative masters of art history. If you stand before a masterpiece by El Greco, Velázquez, Van Gogh, Rembrandt or any other, you will see, sometimes hidden, but mostly openly, in their compositions a lot of abstract art.

Take a look. Look at the backgrounds. Look at the way some of the clothing is created. Look at the parts that are not figurative and you will see so much abstract art that if they would just take that out and create a new painting, they would have invented abstract art in the XVIIth Century.



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    1. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🌹🌹🌹

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    1. Thank you so much Sir! Have a nice Sunday!

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  1. Brad Osborne dice:

    For me, figurative art is a beautiful stage that the artist has filled with their actors. Abstract art is a beautiful stage where I am inspired to find my own actors and write my own play. Great post, my good friend!

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    1. Again, you have made a phenomenal analysis! The stage/actors analogy is a perfect way to think about abstract art. Thank you so much my friend!

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      1. Brad Osborne dice:

        My pleasure, my brother!

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  2. equipsblog dice:

    Good info to have to better enjoy and understand art.

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