Read the following quotes:
“It [abstract art] should be enjoyed just as music is enjoyed – after a while you may like it or you may not.” — Jackson Pollock (American expressionist artist 1912–1956)
“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” — Pablo Picasso (Spanish artist and painter, 1881–1973)
“Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered” — Al Capp (American Cartoonist, 1909–1979)
“The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.” — Ellen Key (Swedish writer, 1849–1926)
As the four quotes above indicate, abstract art has created many controversial topics about what it is or if it can be termed art.
- Why do you think that many abstract art works are criticized?
- What is your opinion about “abstract” art?
- Do you agree or disagree with any of the quotes above by the three artists?
If you had a choice of having a painting from the styles of Realism, Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Abstract, or Avant-Garde, which style would you choose and why? Discuss with 2 or more classmates their preference for art and relate your opinion about your assessment of the particular style.
Capp, A. (n.d.). Al Capp quotes. Retrieved from the Think Exist Web site: http://thinkexist.com/quotation/abstract_art-a_product_of_the_untalented_sold_by/163646.html
Key, E. (n.d.). Ellen Key quotes. Retrieved from the Think Exist Web site: http://thinkexist.com/quotation/the_more_horrifying_this_world_becomes-the_more/205021.html
Picasso, P. (n.d.). Pablo Picasso quotes. Retrieved from the Think Exist Web site: http://thinkexist.com/quotation/there_is_no_abstract_art-you_must_always_start/143267.html
Pollock, J. (n.d.). Jackson Pollock quotes. Retrieved from the Think Exist Web site: http://thinkexist.com/quotation/it-abstract_art-should_be_enjoyed_just_as_music/304370.html