Abstract art is, by its very nature, hard to classify or comprehend. It often sits at the edge of reason but it’s all the more powerful because of this.
What better way to understand abstract art than to ask the artists themselves for their thoughts on their own creations and the movement they sustained. Here are some fascinating quotes from some of the greatest abstract artists about abstract art. Enjoy!
The modern artist… is working and expressing an inner world – in other words – expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces.
Non-figurative art is created by establishing a dynamic rhythm of determinate mutual relations which excludes the formation of any particular form.
Only when the habit of one’s consciousness to see in paintings bits of nature, madonnas and shameless nudes… has disappeared, shall we see a pure painting composition.
The picture must be… a revelation, an unexpected and unprecedented resolution of an eternally familiar need.
The landscapes were in my arms as I did it.
The appearances of natural objects are in themselves meaningless; the essential thing is feeling – in itself and completely independent of the context in which it has been evoked.
I paint not the things I see but the feelings they arouse in me.
I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions. And the fact that a lot of people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I can communicate these basic human emotions.
All individual thought is dissolved in universal thought, as all form is dissolved in the universal plastic means of Abstract-Real painting.
Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and … stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to “walk about” into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?”
Let us note that art – even on an abstract level – has never been confined to ‘idea’; art has always been the ‘realized’ expression of equilibrium.
I can make no statement about reality clearer than my own relationship to reality; and this has a great deal to do with imprecision, uncertainty, transience, incompleteness, or whatever. But this doesn’t explain the pictures. At best it explains what led to their being painted.
Things are beautiful or ugly only in time and space. The new man’s vision being liberated from these two factors, all is unified in one unique beauty.