What Is It About Abstract Art?

I don’t know what it is about these paintings (all downloaded from the MOMA website) that move me so.

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Maybe contained chaos.


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Maybe a desire to reach inside the artist’s head.


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Maybe the randomness that isn’t so random.


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Whatever it is, I can’t get enough of it. One day I will take the time to study and maybe understand more about the art and about myself. For now, I’ll keep on looking and wondering.


(The Paintings: 1. Desert by Richard Pousette-Dart; 2. Figure or Piety by Alfred Manessier; 3. Rayonism, Blue-Green Forest by Natalia Goncharova; and 4. Propellers by Fernand Leger)


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12 thoughts on “What Is It About Abstract Art?

  1. I agree with you – those are beautiful! I’m not sure what it is about them, but they are stunning. I’m not always one for abstract, but sometimes, you do stumble across something beautiful. Thanks for sharing these! They lifted my spirit this morning!

    1. Interesting is a good word for it. We’re all so accustomed to thinking of realistic art as real art but sometimes, even the least cultured of us (me) are moved by images that can’t be defined easily.

  2. I like the 2 middle pieces. Consistent blues/greens and shape maybe – relaxes my brain. Sorry to say that modern art has never grabbed me. The simpler the better, I think that is why I like the middle pieces. My mind needs shapes that make sense to me – people, scenery,objects -?! Maybe I have too much of an “ordered” mind!!

    1. I think most of us are more comfortable with shapes that make sense to us. For me, the reaction to art like this is visceral. Like I said, I can’t tell you why I like it, but I find it exhilarating.

  3. I wish I understood modern art better. I try, but it often alludes me. Maybe I should make a vow when I go to our museum to spend time in that part rather than just looking at the stuff I know I like.

    1. Me too. I think I wrote this post to push myself to take a closer look and try to understand my responses. If I ever have time. 🙂

    1. You’re right; you’re completely uncultured. No. That’s me making a joke and not very well. We like what we like. I would say my liking these pieces has more to do with raw emotion than it does with having a clue about what the educated establishment thinks about art. I would hang them in my house. But my more traditional husband doesn’t need to worry. We could only afford a poster of any of these paintings, and even I have gotten past the poster stage of decorating.

  4. I have always felt gypped that I didn’t have the time in college to study Art History. I love art and how thought provoking many works can be. I hope too to get that opportunity some day…in the meantime like you…I will keep wondering!

So what do you think?