|Abstract art could be described as art which is not a realistic representation of something concrete. It often is composed of colours and swirls; it may suggest something real, but in a primitive fashion.|
Some people have a low opinion of this type of art. A common description is 'If it looks like my three year old son could have painted it, it's not art!' Yet the last century has seen many famous abstract artists; their works hang in museums around the world, and are worth millions of dollars.
What's your opinion? Are abstract paintings valuable because they are good art, or because the person who painted them was already famous?
Here are some things to ponder:
A behavioural scientist once took some paintings done by a chimpanzee, and hung them in a gallery along side works of respected abstract artists. Some of them received rave reviews from art critics.
Pablo Picasso is probably the most famous modern painter. He enjoyed success early in his lifetime. He produced works in painting, sculpture, prints, murals, and ceramics. Picasso's paintings are often classified into periods. The Blue period often showed images that expressed poverty and sorrow, and the Rose period included paintings of circus performers and acrobats.
During his Cubist period, Picasso and his friend Georges Braque produced works that impacted on many of the artists who were a part of their circle of friends in Paris. Picasso's work not only influenced the artists of his time but also each generation of artists who came after him. Art historians often state that Picasso did more than any other artist to change the course of art in the 20th century.
Here are some of his works: