Abstract art is often abstracted from nature or the artist’s imagination. Some artists who create abstract art believe that this form of expression helps them to reach beyond the physical world and express deeper truths about their existence. The term “abstract” refers to the fact that these works are not meant to represent anything concrete like people or places; rather they are meant to depict feelings and emotions through color, shape, and texture alone.
The earliest known examples of abstract art date back thousands of years ago in ancient cultures across Africa, Asia, and Europe. These early works were created by people who did not view themselves as artists but rather as craftsmen of objects with special spiritual significance.
Abstract art can be very hard for people who are not familiar with modern art to understand because usually there is no recognizable subject matter in the work. It could be anything from a simple geometric shape like a triangle or square, which may also have color applied to it, or it could be something more complex like an abstract landscape painting where there is no definite foreground or background.
Abstract art often has no reference to reality and people interpret it differently depending on their own experiences or what they know about the artist’s intent.
One famous abstract artist was Wassily Kandinsky who created paintings that looked like colorful blobs on canvas when he was young, but later in life developed a more complex abstract style of his own called “composition” painting.