The History of Abstract Art

Various Cultures and their Interpretations of Abstract Art

Throughout the centuries, the creation, depiction, representation and evolution of art has depended heavily on a culture’s beliefs, daily lifestyle, religious convictions and natural resources. For example, artists in China, Japan, India and Europe enjoyed access to metal, good clay, brushes and pigments. This allowed them to develop more elaborate techniques that created concise illusions of natural things and spiritual concepts. Adversely, in Africa and Oceania where the limitation of materials and harsh climatic conditions created barriers for artists, artistic and spiritual themes were often represented through symbolism and idols that related to concepts.

Although artistic styles differ among geographical locations, abstraction is evident in art forms all across the world. Abstract art as a practice, was not formally introduced until the 20th century by French artist Cézanne. He believed that reality was subjective and based upon a person’s perspective. Seeing was perceived as a creative process that was as unique as the individual itself. This one concept birthed abstract art, and introduced paintings and abstract art prints to the modern scene.

With abstract art, objects and ideas are represented through an artist’s personal vision and perception. This may mean that conventional and common objects will take on a different and unique form. Cézanne often challenged the commonly accepted theories when creating art, and titled his plates, tables and mixed foreground with background. In his last work, he nearly blended his subjects into large vivid spots of color.

Artists like Matisse, Gauguin and Picasso were inspired by Cézanne and began to experiment more. One of Picasso’s most famous abstract pieces “Les Demoiselles d’Avginon” broke many of the accepted art rules of the time and was inspired by African masks.

Today modern artists like John Nieto continue to embrace this stylistic approach and produce compelling and inspiring abstract art for sale. Many of Nieto’s Native American paintings display strong depictions of American Indian themes that stray away from commonly accepted portrayals. Bright, vibrant colors, and muddled lines present complex and transcendent ideas.

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If you’re searching for exciting, valuable, gorgeous limited edition abstract art prints either to give as a gift or to add to your burgeoning collection, look no further.  To see recent depictions of Native American abstract art, and to see how they would look in your home, check out John Nieto’s Native American online abstract art gallery or call (415) 347-8173.