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The theory and practice of abstract art.

ab·strac′tion·ist n.


(Art Terms) the theory and practice of the abstract, esp of abstract art
abˈstractionist n


(æbˈstræk ʃəˌnɪz əm)

the practice and theory of abstract art.
ab•strac′tion•ist, n., adj.


the creation of abstract art. — abstractionist, n., adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abstractionism - an abstract genre of artabstractionism - an abstract genre of art; artistic content depends on internal form rather than pictorial representation
genre - a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique
op art - a style of abstractionism popular in the 1960s; produces dramatic visual effects with colors and contrasts that are difficult for the eye to resolve
2.abstractionism - a representation having no reference to concrete objects or specific examplesabstractionism - a representation having no reference to concrete objects or specific examples
internal representation, mental representation, representation - a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
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She punishes abstractionists, and will only forgive an induction which is rare and casual.
Perfection' was Martin's preferred term for what abstractionists have called the spiritual, mystical, absolute, and transcendent.
If you were to divide writers into categories like abstractionists and figurative ones, I think I am very much in the latter camp.
This new body of work allows Tweedy to open an ideal dialogue with certain past masters, including Italian abstractionists such as Alberto Magnelli and Enrico Prampolini, and to orient his own research toward greater refinement and concision.
His abrupt return to a more figurative style, as seen in Sleeping (1977), was considered a betrayal by both critics and fellow abstractionists.
What I can't stand is that the abstractionists pushed all the other pushcarts off the street.
The 20th century is represented with work by the Neo-Impressionists, Luminists, Classical Modernists, Expressionists, Realists and Post-War Abstractionists.
Munuswamy, a dynamic and forward-looking artist, negated the nativist discourse and looked towards the postimpressionists and abstractionists to develop his visual language in the late '50s.
I like the old prewar cubists and abstractionists," Baynes tells Lotze.
In contrast to the phenomenologists who argued for direct perception and knowledge whereby knowers achieve an acquaintance with objects existing independently of them, abstractionists made perceiving and knowing into creative affairs through which the world is illusory, only contacted through mental representations.
To close chapter eight she draws on contemporary interviews and criticism for insight to interpret the works of well-known and not-so-well-known black female abstractionists.
The extensive text offers a thoughtful discussion of works by European topographers, military artists, painters commissioned by the Canadian Pacific Railway, modernists, abstractionists, and much more.