Information about famous artists who inspire Abstract Painters

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Introduction: What is Abstraction?

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Abstract Painters are generally understood to mean artists who paint images that don't depict objects from the natural world, but instead use color and form in a non-representational way. In the very early 20th century, the term Abstract was more often used to describe art, for example from the Cubist and Futurist Movement that depicts real forms in a simplified or rather reduced way—keeping only an illusion of the original natural subject. Such paintings were often claimed to capture something of the depicted objects' information and qualities rather than its external appearance. Some useful informative words to inspire and describe the subject matter are,"non-figurative art," "non-objective art," and "non-representational art."

I love Salvador Dali........

Salvador Dali was a part of the Surrealist Movement I feel that he was an Artist who has influenced the creation of Abstract art work because of his involvement in the Surrealist Philosophy. The liberation of freeing ones mind is of vital importance to contemporary artists using Abstraction as an art form today. Surrealists used representational subject matter, but often reorganised and placed them in different contexts. This was a breakthrough in my opinion because before artists were fixated by painting only a direct copy of nature it its natural order. Dali for example began to use a type of self expression by reorganising his composition. Ordinary objects in a strange dreamlike contextual environment. This was one of the main steps forward from looking outwards at the natural world to looking inwards at our individual inner worlds. The artist's own subconscious inspiring individual expression. The Impressionists still expressed this natural order but were more interested in natures play of light when creating the illusion of depth and three dimensions. It was more of a curious search for the truth. In my opinion The Art World's answer to science! If we compare information about the two movements we can see the beginnings of a path towards contemporary art.

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About Dali

Birth name Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech Born May 11, 1904(1904-05-11) Catalonia, Spain. Died January 23, 1989 (aged 84) Catalonia, Spain.

Nationality: Spanish Training: San Fernando School of Fine Arts, Madrid Movements: Cubist Dada, Information Surrealism Famous works The Persistence of Memory (1931) Face of Mae West Which May Be Used as an Apartment, (1935) Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) (1936) Swans Reflecting Elephants (1937) Ballerina in a Death's Head (1939) The Temptation of St. Anthony (1946) Galatea of the Spheres (1952) Young Virgin Auto-Sodomized by the Horns of Her Own Chastity (1954)

Salvador Dali book Review Information

In my zest for gleaning more information I came across this book called Salvador Dali 2v (This text link takes you to Amazon where you can learn more..) It talks about the life of Dali in great depth and includes many photo's! A must for enthusiastic Dali fans! I also found this intense book review by Wiredweird (A professional reviewer)I think it's an interesting read... (If not a somewhat long!)

Book review by Wiredweird:

Well, at nearly 6kg, a whap in the head with this thing would certainly loosen some screws. That's not what I meant, though.

It's huge, beautiful, encyclopedic written information made to inspire! It covers the artist Dalí's entire career, with all of the different stages he went through in creating his art and himself. There's just too much to try to summarize here - the book takes over 1600 photos to illustrate his life. Most of them depict Dalí's art or Dalí himself (I still suspect that he lived his entire life as a work of famous performance art). Others depict influences on his art. Some show work by other artists, for contrast or as part of Dalí's heritage. A few show features of the natural world, a rock formation, for example, that the alchemy of Dalí's magic transmuted into new visual elements.

And, throughout, there is Gala - Dalí's wife, agent, manager, muse, model, and tour guide for his visit to planet Earth. I hate the phrase that would call Gala his "better half," but I'm sure that Dalí would have been incomplete in many ways without her. Certainly, his finished works owe much to the way she inspired him.

I fault this wonderful work for only one thing, but one that I find maddening: there is no index. In partial compensation, end matter lists each photo or work of art, in numerical order as they appeared in the book, with provenance and other information about any art shown. A bibliogrpahy would have been nice, too - but no index! With a book like this, it almost feels as if the last twenty pages had been ripped out.

Don't let that bit of pedantry get in the way of enjoying this marvelous collection, though. You might want to supplement this book with some of Dalí's own writing, such as The unspeakable confessions of Salvador Dali or Diary of a Genius(which will inspire!), to name only a few. I can't imagine that you'll want another display of his artwork, except maybe the lithos.

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