From the time of the first handprints on the caves of Lascaux to the latest blend of art and music and movement that exists on the Internet, people have exerted all their considerable intellect on the creation of art. Sharing art with those near and far is easier now than ever before, with lifetime Internet tours of the Louvre down to the most recent local art festival. Everyone makes art, to some degree one of which is the abstract art on canvas.
The styles of clothing that we wear present ourselves to the world in a form of art. Narrowing our focus to the representational art of the Western world, we learn of perspective, proportion and the dynamics of the color wheel.
Art made in these parameters attempts to recreate part of the natural world and perhaps reached its peak in the middle of the 19th century, with the grand landscapes and seascapes of Winslow Homer. In a turning of the tide of the world of art, Impressionism from France focused on light and its primal nature that breaks up to a prism all the wonderful scenes that we perceive with our eyes. This movement represented a divorce from strictly representational art, as dibs and dabs of light-colored paint, liberally and artfully applied to the canvas, came to depict wholly recognizable scenes when viewed from a greater distance than heretofore. Art, as it were, seemed to be breaking up into a more subjective experience by 1900. We shall see how abstract art on canvas is actually the culmination of centuries of artistic expression.
With the greater relevance of technology to modern society, begun by the Industrial Revolution and spurred on by the turn of the 20th century, a new sort of art emerged, built on the shoulders of the past naturalistic artistic geniuses, yet looking forward to an ever-changing future. Abstract art abounded in the Eastern philosophies of the Islamic world, forbidden to represent the human form and so flowering in abstract patterns of calligraphy and flower motifs. From the Far East came the notion of the mandala, a concentric diagram relating in abstract form the search for enlightenment, a tool to be used, as all art may be said to be used, to delve into our common consciousness and enjoy the truest essence of art. From these far-flung areas of the world, disseminated through the greater communication methods of the mid-19th and 20th centuries, abstract art on canvas made its way into the Western panorama of artistic expression.
By 1910, African art, Eastern art and Islamic art styles influenced such abstract painters as Picasso, who could enjoy the beauty of Islamic calligraphy and African totems without being able to understand their underlying meanings. Abstraction is expressed through a continuum. All art may be said to be abstract, as a matter of fact, as the art produced is not the thing viewed itself, yet to our modern way of thinking, when we hear the words “abstract art”, we think of a splash of riotous color, a cubist representation of a farmhouse, or a geometric grid that exists only as a crystal fractal pattern. The most traditional subjects in art, such as Michelanglo’s statue of David, have elements of abstraction, in that the figure’s hands are deliberately enlarged to generate a certain effect. Few homes, however, have the wherewithal to house such a monumental piece.
Abstract art on canvas offers the modern collector the most attainable form of creating an abstract art collection. Using the modern, long-lasting medium of acrylic paint, each painting stands as the way to portray your home as a place of refinement.