Everyone has a different approach to abstract art; people see and read things differently to others. Abstract art is a visual language that has decades of important history. It has not only brought to our attention world famous artists but has also played a big part in developing other iconic art movements.

There were three influences that contributed to the rise of abstract art, romanticism, expressionism and impressionism during the 19th century. Expressionists liked to paint with intense colour, exploring emotions and reactions to their unique experiences. Their subject was always represented in a psychological states.


Rehe im Walde (II) 1914

Impressionists were radicals of their time; they violated rules of academic paintings and used a free brush technique, short brush strokes that weren’t blended in. The result was intense colour and visual effects.


Tänzerinnen an der Stange – 1888

Finally, romanticism focuses on strong emotion of an aesthetic experience.


Cole Thomas The Voyage of life Childhood.

The history of abstract art reveals that art of any form should be able to some up your unique experiences; you have the freedom to break all boundaries and represent anything in any way you wish. Abstract art doesn’t have a specific meaning a viewer should never try to understand what a piece of work means but instead should appreciate the journey of the artist and masterpiece they have made.

“Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? …people who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.”

Pablo Picasso