Interpreting Abstract Art

What is abstract art?  There is no right or wrong answer to this question.  Abstract art is open to interpretation, and that is one of the beautiful things about it.

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Medium & Artist: Unknown

Understanding abstract art is easy: all it requires is an open mind and a big imagination.

Ink & Marker: Unknown

Ink & Marker: Unknown

Abstract art doesn’t jump out and yell, “Oh hi, THIS is what I’m all about.”  Instead, it requires you to have an open, inquiring mind; you must enter the painting and see where it takes you.

Ink & Paper: Laurent Koller

Ink & Paper: Laurent Koller

Abstract art gives you the freedom to explore the artwork and assign your own meaning to the piece. This intensely personal process enriches a viewer’s experience of an artwork.

“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

Mixed Media, Collage, Brown Paper: Unknown

Mixed Media, Collage & Brown Paper: Theo Dykhorst

Here are some great references/sources on abstract art: Art Is Fun & Wikipedia

Marie-Thérèse Walter

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Marie-Thérèse Walter was the French mistress and model of Pablo Picasso from 1927 to about 1935, and the mother of his daughter, Maya Widmaier-Picasso.  Their relationship began when she was seventeen years old; he was 45 and still living with his first wife, Olga Khokhlova.  In Picasso’s paintings, Walter always appears as blonde, sunny and bright.  1Picasso and Walter kept their relationship secret.  Walter lived close to Picasso’s family, who lived in an apartment provided by and next door to his art dealer and friend, Paul Rosenberg, in Rue La Boétie. From 1930, she stayed in a house opposite Picasso’s at Rue La Boétie 44.  Picasso supported Marie financially, but he never married Marie. On October, 20 1977, four years after Picasso’s death, Marie-Thérèse committed suicide by hanging herself in the garage at Juan-les-Pins, South of France.