Essentials of Abstract Painting You Should Know

Experimentation with colors and inspiring feelings was an essential interest of abstract artists. The approaches include numerous movements such as German Expressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, and Abstract Expressionism. Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko were known as the pioneers of the abstract movement. They redefined the art in the 1940s-50s and paved the way for most contemporary artists we know in the real world.

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Composition VII by Wassily Kandinsky

German Expressionism is characterized by its soaked palette and the colors correspondence to human feelings. German Expressionism painter Wassily Kandinsky is frequently considered the first true abstract artist. He got to be known for his color hypothesis and joining feelings to his strikingly colored works of art.

Henri Matisse

The Green Stripe by Henri Matisse

French artist Henri Matisse is considered as the most prominent colorist and revolutionary artist of the 20th century. In 1904, he drove the Fauvism movement. The les Fauves was a group of the artists who favored pure, shining colors and expressive brushstrokes over realism.  His work “The Green Stripe” (1905) represents the main movement’s characteristics. 

Black Square

Black Square by Kazimir Malevich

Cubism, with its straightened viewpoint of objects, cleared the way for pure abstract painting. Russian Suprematist artist Kazimir Malevich assisted this levelness by putting flat colorful shapes on pure white foundations in his works. While De Stijl painter Piet Mondrian painted flat nets to physically make the concept of infinity.


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Updated on Sep 18, 2020 by Alex Vlasenko