Quotes : Food for Thought ~

Abstract art has helped us to experience the emotional power inherent in pure form. (Anton Ehrenzweig)

Abstract art isn't simply a lack of realism. It's rather a heightened depiction of what the subject really is. (Curtis Verdun)

Abstract art has come into being as a necessary expression of the feelings and thoughts of our age; it
has added new dimensions to creative painting. (Leonard Brooks)

Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for color, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential. (Wassily Kandinsky)

If I choose abstraction over reality, it is because I consider it the lesser chaos. (Robert Brault)

You can't look at abstract art without thinking. (Patricia Cole-Ferullo)

In principle any abstraction of the object is allowed which has a sufficiently strong creative power behind it. (Max Beckmann)

All great art is due to the abstraction process. (Curtis Verdun)

If you work with abstract painting for a period of time, you may come to think of it as a melody, a song, a piece of beautiful music. (Judi Betts)

They are imbeciles who call my work abstract. That which they call abstract is the most realistic, because
what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things. (Constantin Brancusi)

In the process of making a painting in an abstract way, the painter is in search of a reality. Not one of
realistic objects, but of the complete end result. The painting is experienced as a whole, and must evoke
in the painter the absolute conviction that this is how it should be and no other way. (Paul Burlin)

I can't always reach the image in my mind... almost never, in fact... so that the abstract image I create is 
not quite there, but it gets to the point where I can leave it. (Chuck Close)

Abstract literally means to draw from or separate. In this sense every artist is abstract... a realistic or
non-objective approach makes no difference. The result is what counts. (Richard Diebenkorn)

The goal of abstract art is to communicate the intangible, that which eludes the photograph and normal seeing. (Curtis Verdun)

A conscious decision to eliminate certain details and include selective bits of personal experiences or perceptual nuances, gives the painting more of a multi-dimension than when it is done directly as a visual recording. This results in a kind of abstraction... and thus avoids the pitfalls of mere decoration. (Wayne Thiebaud)

To abstract is to draw out the essence of a matter. To abstract in art is to separate certain fundamentals from irrelevant material which surrounds them. (Ben Shahn)

Abstract art requires something of the viewer. It demands contemplation. Study. Flights of fancy. Feeling. (Svante Rydberg)

Objective painting is not good painting unless it is good in the abstract sense. A hill or tree cannot make a good painting just because it is a hill or tree. It is lines and colors put together so that they may say something. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

Abstract expressionism was the first American art that was filled with anger as well as beauty. (Robert Motherwell)

All art is an abstraction to some degree. (Henry Moore)

Abstraction is itself an abstract word and has no single meaning... Every word in our language is abstract, because it represents something else. (Eric Maisel)

What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles... It is in our own time that we have become aware of pure aesthetic considerations. Art never can be imitation. (Hans Hofmann)

Abstract drawing is a necessary thing to do even though it's difficult, and it's more difficult than people think. (Stanley William Hater)

Abstract art is a creative interplay between the conscious and the unconscious, with the conscious mind making all the final decisions and in control throughout. (Lawren Harris)

Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes... Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an explosion into unknown areas. (Arshile Gorky)

It was only since the turn of the century that one returned to the immense role that abstraction plays in the human mind by its power of concentration upon absolute essentials. (S. Giedion)

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