If you view ‘geometry’ as a bad word, you’re not alone.
For many of us, geometry conjures memories of long days spent in math class studying angles and the pythagorean theorem.
But once again, art is swooping in to save the day.
Geometry plays a key role in the creation of creative works, and its influence is unmatched in the style of geometric abstraction.
But what is the style of geometric abstraction? And how can you use it to decorate your home?
In this article, we’re answering those questions and a whole lot more to get that sour taste of geometry class out of your head to introduce you to the power of shapes, angles, and sides in original artworks.
No need to pull out the protractor, we’re diving right in!
What is Geometric Abstraction?
- Based on the use of simple geometric forms and shapes
- Usually set in non-illusionistic spaces, focusing on the inherent two-dimensionality of artworks as they appear
- Commonly combined into non-objective compositions without a particular focus subject
Works of geometric abstraction seek to repurpose common shapes and images that we encounter in our daily lives to create a cohesive piece that tells its own story.
Most of these works are non-referential, meaning that the piece of artworks exists within itself, not calling the viewer to associate the work with external influence.
Origins of Geometric Abstraction
The idea of geometric abstraction evolved as a logical conclusion to the cubist movement, seeking to reestablish conventions of form and space.
Still, geometric abstraction was undoubtedly born out of cubist ideologies, and is founded in three of the movement’s pillars:
- Traditional Cubism (1907-1908): Initiated by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, cubists sought to subvert traditional depictions of shape to rely on imitation of forms in the surrounding visual world
- Analytic Cubism (1910): Overlapping frontal surfaces held together by a linear gird
- Synthetic Cubism (1912-1914): Introduction of flat-painted synthesized shapes, abstract space, and constructional elements of compositions
These three aspects grew into the fundamental characteristics of abstract geometric art as we know it today.
Artists in the late 1910s and early 1920s were given the freedom of experimentation with different spatial relationships and materials through a two-dimensional space to tell an entirely new story through art.
Pioneers of Geometric Abstraction
Inventive artists throughout the 20th century build geometric abstraction into a prominent style for artists to express their understanding of reality. None we were more important and influential than these pioneers:
- Piet Mondrian: A Dutch painter whose work intended to convey “absolute reality” with the world construed in purely geometrical forms. Mondrian believed geometry was the underlying force that drove every experience in our lives, expunging all references to the “real world” as we are capable of seeing it.
- Kazimir Malevich: A Russian painter who strove to achieve “the absolute” and the higher spiritual reality he referred to as the “fourth dimension.” He did this by creating non-objective compositions of elemental forms that floated in white, unstructured space.
- Cercle et Carre: A group of French painters that used geometric as the underlying principle of the Art Deco style. This propagated broad use of geometric form in visual artworks as well as architecture in Paris.
The geometric abstraction movement was not confined to any one region or country, as many art movements in the 20th century began. It was a worldwide revolutional phenomenon that spanned across continents!
Introducing Geometric Abstraction Into Your Home
Geometric abstractionist pieces are a popular addition to any home because they play so well in dynamic spaces.
Combining elements of shape and abstract thought, there are endless possibilities and interpretations to geometric pieces that will keep you and your guests enamored throughout the life of the work.
Works of geometric abstraction are extremely versatile and pair well in almost any setting. Take some time to consider the shapes and angles of your wall and consider what pieces might enhance the space, especially as a centerpiece!
Where to Find The Best Works of Geometric Abstraction
Contemporary artists from around the world continue to call upon geometric abstraction as a form of expression to represent their interpretations of “true reality.”
And you never know — the perfect geometric abstractionist piece could invite you to consider the universe in a whole new way.
Here at Gallerima, we have an incredible selection of geometric abstractionist pieces that will ignite your curiosity and craving for original artwork.
Browse our collection today by clicking here.
And make sure to stick around for a while to peruse thousands of artworks from all different styles! You’re sure to find a piece that absolutely blows you away.
Good luck on your search. We’re honored to have you here with us at Gallerima.