The Composition #9

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.”

The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin

Composite #9 CJM 5 x 7

Composite #9 CJM 5 x 7



Abstract art often relies heavily on shape and color in composition.  As details get stripped away other elements become more pronounced and sometimes less understood by the mind. 

Abstractions after all by nature of the work are representations of another kind.  Subjects can be distorted and transformed to the point of no logical recognition yet remain interesting and complete in their statement on canvas.

What is Abstract Art?  Lets begin with a definition of Abstract.

ABSTRACT – “existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence.”

ABSTRACT –  extract or remove (something).

ABSTRACT ART –  “can be a painting or sculpture (including assemblage) that does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world — even in an extremely distorted or exaggerated way.  The subject of the work is based on what you see: color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale and, in some cases, the process.”

In an effort to pose further thought and consideration on color and value as important compositional elements I’m including four paintings below from well known artists from the Abstract/Abstract Expressionist movement.  These have a geometric influence.  I didn’t set out to select works with that common thread but it’s what I was drawn to for this  post.  I think they are strong examples of use of color in composition.

Premier Disque by Robert Delaunay 1912-13

Premier Disque by Robert Delaunay 1912-13

Composition By Piet Mondrianan

Composition By Piet Mondrian 1923

Abstract art offers a lot in terms of opening ones mind to creating and the elements of composition. I think it challenges ones thinking and perspective which in my experience helps one develop their own voice and message.  

180 Farben by Gerhardt Richter

180 Farben by Gerhardt Richter 1971

09 Untitled by Jack Goldstein

09 Untitled by Jack Goldstein 1979

Tip!  Watch the documentary Gerhardt Richter Painting

Tip!  Read up on the Abstract Art movement

Tip!  Keep painting

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