There are two types of paintings: “Representational” and “Abstract”.
A “representational painting” almost like a photograph, portrays specific, recognizable physical objects.
An “ abstract painting” portrays designs, shapes or colors that do not resemble specific physical objects. The “Impressionism” and “Post- impressionism” periods of the 19th Century led to the movement towards abstract art which gained popularity in the 20th Century. Well renowned painters like Seurat, Monet and Cezanne are cited as influences on the movement.
An abstract art is more difficult to understand as compared to the representational ones, as you often have no idea of what is it that you are watching. It requires knowledge and expertise in painting techniques and an artistic discipline to better understand this art.
There are two types of abstract paintings:
First: Portrays objects that have been abstracted from nature. It may not seem realistic but one can get an idea of what is portrayed.
Second: Do not portray any conventional reality. All one can see are lines, colors and shapes . These are also known as “Pure” abstract art.
Abstract art grants freedom of expression and creativity.