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The theory and practice of abstract art.

ab·strac′tion·ist n.
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(Art Terms) the theory and practice of the abstract, esp of abstract art
abˈstractionist n
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(æbˈstræk ʃəˌnɪz əm)

the practice and theory of abstract art.
ab•strac′tion•ist, n., adj.
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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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Abrar Ahmed has used vibrant colours in the narrative form of abstractionism. The layered space surrounding the subject is balanced with symbols of rhythm to produce a myriad of classic and folk art designs.
They belong not only to different genres, but are executed in different manners of the letter and represent, at times, polar artistic trends, such as objective realism and geometric abstractionism, dramatic expressionism and sentimental romanticism.
"A 12-year-old is a child!" Jojo Lofranco retains his trademark abstractionism, depicting movements and forms on his Mah Jong sofa.
The themes include 'Memory', 'Constructivism', 'Material', 'Contemplation', 'Abstractionism', 'City', 'Result', 'Self', 'Perception' and 'Viewpoint'.
The exhibition's main narrative falls on "reflection and inspiration" where two artists are matched in one section under a specific theme, which describes their work: self, memory, constructivism, material, contemplation, abstractionism, city, result, perception, and viewpoint.
With a penchant for realism and abstractionism, Piano's paintings often portray beauty of humanity, with a signature stroke where softness and loudness are both in harmony, as well as a 'jolly' vibe seen in his striking and evocative paintings in pastel colors.
Rudolf ray (1891-1984) was not just a figure in the formative milieu of abstractionism in the artists' circles of Vienna in the 1920s but also someone who was immersed, all his life, in a deep spiritual practice that drew on Buddhist and Upanishadic readings.
Ver is one of the Philippines' flag-bearers in contemporary abstractionism, building cityscapes into works that take audience to a metropolis of colors and playful lines.
A similar kind of abstractionism, although with a different assumed normativity, is found in supposed liberals like John Rawls.
The issue became personal in 1957, when his works were rejected from the Western Michigan Art Exhibition, leading Weidenaar to become convinced that the show was biased toward abstractionism. That same year, he helped establish the Grand Valley Artists Group, a collection of artists who wanted to ensure that art remained realistic and understandable.