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Examples of abstract art

Abstract art

The abstract art is a modern style of visual art where neither realism nor photography is rather a grievance these are not shown. What is captured in paintings or sculpted does not have a definition in nature, but rather is a proposal for a new reality.

This type of art is commonly developed in painting and sculpture , but some artists and creators have also used it in architecture, literature, and performing arts such as dance and music.

The abstract is inspired by expressionism, cubism and fauvism, styles that are also opposed to figurative and classical art.

History of abstract art

The rock art in its context, was very similar to the abstract, hence we can say that the latter already existed since prehistory.

The abstract style was born as a manifestation at the beginning of the 20th century, becoming more relevant from the year 1910, being in those years one of its main representatives the Russian Vasili Kandinski.


It uses basic forms of plastic language , such as geometric figures, lines and colors.

This movement seeks chromatic and structural representations of reality, without visually distinguishing a realistic element in paintings or sculptures.

It is in the objectives and intention of each artist to maintain a high or low level of abstraction. This way they will be able to maintain a style in which some realistic figures can be noticed, or that, on the contrary, a concept that agrees with reality is not evident.

Types of abstract art

These are the types of abstract art that began to develop inspired by the avant-garde style:

Organic abstract art: it is named after it because it represents organic figures, such as plants, rocks, or figures of nature that form objects.

Lyrical abstract art: it is the most expressive abstraction that exists, therefore, those who decide to take this style have more freedom of creation, using different styles of color , using sentimentality, intuition and emotions.

Geometric abstract art: use geometric shapes to capture complex concepts, so there is a lot of influence from cubism. It also has futuristic airs.

Abstract expressionism: use emotions and feelings to be represented without shapes or figurative objects of reality.

Examples of abstract art

Next, you will see some examples of works made under the abstract style and some of its greatest representatives:


  • “Number 17ª”, Jackson Pollock (1948).
  • “Black Hollyhock Blue Larkspur “, Georgia O’Keeffe (1930).
  • “Yellow, Red and Blue”, Vassily Kandinsky (1925).
  • ” Tableau I”, Piet Mondrian, 1921.
  • “There were seven in eight”, Jackson Pollock (1950).
  • «Woman sitting hastily in a CruzRoja armchair», Pablo Picasso.
  • Harlequin . Juan Barco.
  • “Composition in red, yellow, blue and black” , Piet Mondrian (1921).
  • “Mustard” , Jeremie Iordanoff.
  • “Suprematist Composition”, Kazimir Malevich.
  • “Victory Boogie Woogie” , Piet Mondriaan.

Sculptures :

  • “Serpent” , Mathías Goeritz.
  • “Corona del Pedregal”, Mathias Goeritz
  • «El Caballito» , Sebastián.
  • «The serpents of the Pedregal», Federico Siva.
  • “Eight Rabbit” , Federico Siva.

Architecture :

  • “Torres de Satélite” , Luis Barragán.

Artists and names of some of their works:

  • Robert Delaunay. Simultaneous Windows, Rhythm, Joy of life and Simultaneous Contrasts: Sun and Moon.
  • Willem de Kooning. Woman I.
  • James Whistler. El Nocturno in black and gold: rocket falling.
  • Kazimir Malevich . Black and white square on white.
  • Victor Vasarely. Zebra, Vega-Nor and Stri Vonal.
  • Alexander Calder . Flamingo.

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