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Abstract art describes a broad category of artwork in which forms and figures are not depicted realistically. An abstract work of art may not depict anything recognizable at all. The invention of photography in the 19th century replaced painting as the primary means to capture reality. This freed avant-garde painters like the Expressionists to explore a more personal, spiritual reality and to experiment with the formal aspects (color, brushstrokes, etc.) --the most basic building blocks-- of painting. Purely abstract art, also called "non-representational" or "non-objective" art, contains no identifiable objects or places. With lines, shapes, and colors, pure abstraction can suggest emotion and action, concentrating on the relationships between forms and colors. Very often, the abstract artist paints landscapes, people, and other familiar subjects using simplified or only vaguely recognizable forms. In this case, a subject is described as "abstracted". We can imagine the forms in an abstract painting to be people huddled together, a landscape, a waterscape or perhaps the abstracted shape of a building.

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Since their forms are often undefined or indecipherable, abstract paintings can be described as geometric or organic. Geometric abstraction features the arrangement of simplified shapes, while organic abstraction describes pictures with forms that resemble plant, animal, or other living matter. Abstract artists do not compose three-dimensional perspectives. As in LaRiviere's painting, images frequently appear flatter and shallower than those that are painted to appear as if they were observed in the real world. The same reasoning applies to the indistinct, seemingly empty background.


Color is obviously important to any artwork, but Fade promotes color from a feature of painting, to a bona-fide subject. To do so, the artist arranges blocks of color called "color fields" side by side to create effects that are independent of narrative or judgment. Perpetuating the abstract artist's formal approach, brushstrokes expand from merely comprising forms to having characteristics, even identities of their own. Each form in Fade is comprised of many individual brushstrokes. What's fascinating is that hundreds of brushstrokes comprise four or five forms, each of which can be imagined to be made by the single stroke of an enormous brush. Brushstrokes for brushstrokes' sake.