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Painting in the USA

 

A second type of abstract painting sometimes referred to as ‘pure’ abstract art, is even more obtuse. Such paintings do not reflect any form of conventional reality: all you see are shapes, colors, lines, patterns, and so on.  When you look at such art, it is natural to wonder why anyone would bother to create such paintings in the first place. Moreover, why would an artist spend so much time creating a mere decoration? There must be something more to it.

The truth is, yes, there is a lot more to abstract art than what meets the eye, and to see why, we have to consider the basic purpose of art.

To truly appreciate the work of art you need to see it as more than a single isolated creation: there must be context. This is because art is not timeless. Every painting is created within a particular environment and if you do not understand that environment you will never be able to appreciate what the artist has to offer you. This is why when you study the work of a particular artist it makes sense to learn about his life and the culture in which he lived.

 

Although the qualities of painting depend on the skill and desires of the artist, a great deal of what you see in the canvas reflects the environment in which the art was created.