Abstract is an art which does not have a natural appearance, form or shape.  It is an expression from the inner unrest as a result of the outer environment.  There is no theme yet it is a universal visual language.  There is no recognizable object but there is a deeper meaning in the expressed art for sale onlineabstract wall decor means to produce a sweeping curve of a chair but not the chair, the red of the sky and not the burning house, the combination of lines and colors and not the combination of things.

Picasso and Braque were the pioneers of abstract painting.  Prominent Indian abstract artists are SH Raza, Ram kumar, Tyeb Mehta, MF Hussain, Prabhakar Kolte.

In India S.H. Raza is the prominent abstract artist.   He studied painting at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris.  He was married to French artist Janine Mongillat.  His works are mostly abstracts based on Indian cosmology and Philosophy in oil and acrylics of bright and vivid colours.  He is honored with Padmashri, padmabhushan and padma vibhushan.  His art “Saurashtra” was a masterpiece and the original one was sold out for 16.42 crore.  It exhibited the blend of his two distinctive styles of gestural strokes and abstractionism.  The painting describes the hot, dusty and vegetative India.  It is of similarity with the miniature paintings of Rajasthan by format and the frame.  A variety of colors such as ochre yellow, crimson red, burnt sienna, pale greens and black were used in the painting.

Another art by Raza is the “Bindu”, which is based on the Indian philosophy of being the point of all creation.  It is powerful in its simplicity and consisted of  a white circle on a black background with white strokes emanating from it.  the circle signifies the ‘beej’ or seed – the starting point of creation. The strokes forming the recurring inverted triangles, and the placement of the beej between them is a representation of the womb, a sign of female fertility, evoking the budding of a plant from the seed.  The concept of “Bindu” emanated from his visit to India soon after his wife’s death in Paris.  He visited the Ajanta-Ellora caves, Rajasthan and Gujarat.  It also symbolizes his wandering from the village of Madhya Pradesh to Mumbai to Paris and then back again to the busy  streets of Mumbai. Raza has many paintings with the theme of Bindu.

Yatra Naryastu demonstrates the philosophy of respecting women.  In this art, the stacked inverted triangles depicts womanhood and indicates the budding of life.

Aavartan is a stack of inverted triangles with two bindus at the center.  Majorly the colours are blue and black.  Black is the mother colour and blue symbolizes water which is the source of all life.  Inverted triangles stack depicts the female germination and multiplication of life.  The two bindus in the center signifies the coming of together for the creation of life.

The artwork “Maa” also has the central theme of bindu and depicts the life cycle of a wandering person who leaves the center of origin, maa, for a better life.  After seeing the different phases of life migrating to different cities depicted by different colours around the frame, sometimes resembles Raza’s migration, comes back to the origin.  In the frame, it is inscribed in hindi, translated as “O Mother, when I come back what shall I bring?”.

L’Hiver depicts the nomadic group of people and their dwellings in the caves and hives of trees.  The blue colour depicts the water, the origin of life.  The lighter strokes refer to the dwellings.  The red shades are the symbols of fire which the nomads use for their sustenance.

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