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Definition of the noun abstract art

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  1. an abstract genre of art; artistic content depends on internal form rather than pictorial representation
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of abstract art: abstractionism
    • more generic word: genre = a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique
    • more specific term: op art = a style of abstractionism popular in the 1960s

Alternative definition of the noun abstract art


  1. Art that does not depict objects in the natural world, but instead uses color and form in a non-representational way.


  1. "Abstract Art" is a musical album of Abstract Act.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  2. "Abstract Art" is a musical single of The Flying Colours.
    • released in (34 years ago)


  1. "Abstract art" is a book by Anna Moszynska.
  2. "Abstract art" is a book by Frederick Gore.


Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. Western art had been, from the Renaissance up to the middle of the 19th century, underpinned by the logic of perspective and an attempt to reproduce an illusion of visible reality. The arts of cultures other than the European had become accessible and showed alternative ways of describing visual experience to the artist. By the end of the 19th century many artists felt a need to create a new kind of art which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy. The sources from which individual artists drew their theoretical arguments were diverse, and reflected the social and intellectual preoccupations in all areas of Western culture at that time.

  • also known as Abstrakt Sanat, 抽象藝術

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Google previewArt Dictionary (2006)

Abstract art.

Google previewThe Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (2011)

by Joan M. Marter

Abstract art Abstract Expressionism Acconci , Vito Action painting Adams, Adeline Adams, Ansel Adams, Clinton Adams, ...

Google previewSports in America from Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century: An Encyclopedia (2015)

An Encyclopedia by Steven A. Riess

Therefore, there are relatively few abstract art pieces that can be described as specifically sports themed. The most notable exception to this rule is the work of LeRoy Nieman, who generally is categorized as an abstract impressionist. That is to ...

Google previewThe Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2010)

by Michael Clarke

abstract art A term which can ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (2009)

by Ian Chilvers, John Glaves-Smith

abstract art orthodoxy in Western art. It no longer seemed to need philosophical justification of the kind given by Kandinsky and Mondrian (although several of the Abstract Expressionists were equally high-minded in approach). However ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

A form of abstract art that bases itself on creating static two-dimensional objects which appear ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Questions to sociobiology (1998)

by Edward Craig

medieval Aristotelianism, Renaissance Aristotle Aristotle commentators Arithmetic, philosophical issues in Armstrong, David Malet Arnauld, Antoine Art, abstract Art and morality Art and truth Art criticism Art, definition of Art, performing Art, ...

Google previewThe Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture (2009)

by Jonathan Bloom, Sheila S. Blair

Among the Arab countries abstract art was most practiced in Tunisia and helped to push many Tunisian artists into the international arena. Najib Belkhodja (1933 –2007) adopted a critical attitude towards abstract art and reverted to the use of ...

Google previewUniversity Musical Encyclopedia: A history of music (1910)

The Romantic phase then appears to be a transitional episode between the highly ideal abstract art of the sonata type and the familiar type of programme music which was reached at the end of the nineteenth century. The Romantic movement ...

Google previewDictionary of Visual Discourse (2016)

A Dialectical Lexicon of Terms by Barry Sandywell

Abstract Art (1990) Osborne, H., Abstraction and Artifice in Twentieth-Century Art (1979) Peacocke, C., A Study of ...

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I think we're much smarter than we were. Everybody knows that abstract art can be art, and most people know that they may not like it, even if they understand there's another purpose to it. (Roy Lichtenstein)
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