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After Sketchbook saturday, Vidhu brought up an interesting question." Why do people abstract?" I was telling him about the abstract attention-seeking work of the artist who does not know how to draw, and the abstraction of artists who have gone beyond exploring realism. Prabal then articulates it beautifully. "There is a huge difference between Abstracting and the Abstract!"
The conversation then turned to Piet Mondrian (who's name I forgot in the discussion :) ) i'd like to share his journey to abstraction.
His early work
(Dont miss the Soman style renderings)
You can see from his quick studies that he certainly knew how to draw
The contemporary Impressionist style certainly influenced him
Even in these early work you can see how he enjoys picking compositions with strong shapes cutting across viewing plane
How Cubism begins to influence his aesthetic sensibility
The shapes slowly turn more abstract...
to the Piet Mondrian that we know today.
As you can see to Abstract something we have to first have the whole. You cannot abstract from nothing. People who start with abstract work confound me completely. What exactly are they abstracting? It is a summary of what?
Hope you enjoyed this. Thanks for a lovely conversation yesterday. I'd love to hear your viewpoints on abstract art too!