Original Abstract Paintings

Abstract art has been around for centuries. Some of the earliest examples can be found in the calligraphy of Chinese and Islamic culture. But the abstract art which we generally refer to as a new visual language originated from around the late 19th century. Artists breaking free from tradition used shapes, lines and color to present a new, bolder illusion of visible reality. The idea was to create paintings which reflected the important changes science and philosophy had bestowed on society. Many artists believed that representational art failed to communicate these new ideas and interpretations. So they set about creating a new set of aesthetics, one which would show the transcendental realities behind the physical world. Abstract artists feel liberated when they create art, because they can escape realism and produce artwork that's heavily influenced on their mood or current state of mind. The viewers generally love this painting style because it can connect with them, often in a way that they don't understand. Therefore, it's fair to say that abstract paintings can promote curiosity and even change the mood of an individual. It displays lines, shapes and colors in a way that expresses emotion. As art is reflective and does not have to necessarily be describable; original abstract paintings are valid in such a sense that they, alike other forms of oil paintings, have the will to influence people, reflecting on the unspoken gaps of the human experience.

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Wassily Kandinsky is one of the first of the major painters to embrace abstract art. While he did not switch completely over to abstract techniques until 1910, he is regarded as one of the first abstract painters of modern times. Like his abstract artist peers, Frantisek Kupka, Piet Mondrian and Helga of Klint, he drew on his spiritual beliefs for ideas. But this spirituality was not a Christian one. All four painters expressed a deep interest in theosophy, a strange mix of mystical and occult philosophies. Both Kupka and Klint were practicing mediums, regularly holding séances. Kandinsky attended black masses and pagan rituals. His famous 1912 oil on canvas, ‘Lady in Moscow’, with its pink sphere and black, coffin-like shape, is reputedly inspired by clairvoyance. Kandinsky believed the artist’s job is not to record, but to express the beauty of nature in a metaphysical sense. True abstract artists hope to expose the mysteries which lie hidden behind the physical world through their art. By the application of paint on canvas, the observer can enjoy both the visual aesthetic while contemplating the mystical at the same time. But attempting to paint, for example, an oak tree, precisely as it should be, keeps the tree’s mysticism locked away from sight. There’s no attempt to explore mankind’s existence on this world, the laws of the infinite universe which surrounds him. The painting shows only another tree.


Kandinsky saw the limitations in traditional representational art. In a 1912 essay he wrote about how only abstract art can express the deeper truths behind the material world. He believed abstract aesthetics appealed to all the human senses. Abstract art stripped away the material reality of a subject to expose the spiritual essence within. It could turn the traditional world upside-down, and enabled the observer to contemplate only symbols, lines and color. Visual appreciation went hand in glove with meditation of the mystical. Kandinsky understood well that an artist’s duty was not only to express himself, but to be bold and try to change the world through his art. Doing so requires the courage to adopt new aesthetic techniques to communicate reality. For Kandinsky his life was an artistic journey. Over time he abandoned his early figurative paintings in favor of an abstract style he hoped would give a clearer sense of reality. His only tools were his paintbrush and canvas and an unshakable passion for mystical and occult philosophies.