Definition of abstract art in US English:

abstract art


  • Art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.

    • ‘You come across abstract art; abstract art is usually about people's feelings, it's not just paint on a bit of paper, no art is just that.’
    • ‘With his frequent exhibitions and trips to the USA Kandinsky helped bringing abstract art to this country.’
    • ‘It's easier to like or dislike abstract art, as any attempt at representational art is always prone to rapid criticism.’
    • ‘Oshiro Onchi like Kandinsky were creative forerunners of expressionism and abstract art.’
    • ‘Big shapes, bold colors and intriguing textural surfaces - these are just some of the characteristics of abstract art.’
    • ‘He knew that the impact of European abstract art was limited because it was accessible only to a select few.’
    • ‘Purely abstract art, art without a recognizable subject, cannot function in this crucial project.’
    • ‘Delaunay's wife Sonia also produced abstract art at this time.’
    • ‘Much has been said about abstract art and spirituality, and these works offer food for thought in that respect.’
    • ‘Their work was seminal in the development of abstract art generally and the Expressionist movement particularly.’
    • ‘Today quilting may encompass traditional craft, folk art, or abstract art, and quilts are as likely to be found on a museum wall as on a bed.’
    • ‘And Beth, his first lawyer, is more likely to appreciate expressionist and abstract art.’
    • ‘In a 1943 letter to the New York Times, Gottlieb and Mark Rothko became the first to articulate the tenets of the new abstract art.’
    • ‘Twenty years later, he would say ‘I only buy abstract art now’.’
    • ‘Feng Feng uses mixed media to create abstract art with a Chinese flavor.’
    • ‘The walls were decorated with black and white abstract art, photos and paintings.’
    • ‘His later work represented a desire to invalidate distinctions between abstract art and kitsch, and became increasingly unorthodox and horrific in its imagery.’
    • ‘He said that there were ten different artists displaying - mainly paintings; some abstract art and some modern art.’
    • ‘During the 1940s, New York offered little support for advanced abstract art, and California even less.’
    • ‘Now I think it was something different, the struggle was between figurative art and abstract art.’