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representation. All art therefore essentially is representational in that it represents something and equally all art is abstract in that it is never the pure object(s). (Moszynska 9) When the artist is creating non-representational art he is looking inward and one could say creating from the unconscious. The painting then, usually becomes a representation of the artists? feelings, emotions, mood, energy or any other expression that is non-physical. Representational art is based on the world around the artist and we could say created from the conscious. Often times this approach, which begins in the physical world, ends up evoking some of the non-material expressions that the abstract artist is trying to portray. Both artists are representing as well as abstracting and it is only

a matter of what is more dominant in the work of art that categorizes it. Humans have a natural tendency to try and relate and compare everything they come across with something else, in order to categorize it. With abstract art this becomes a difficulty because we tend to put it all into one group despite its variances. It then becomes nearly impossible to analyze and describe comprehensively which is why I feel it is so successful. As the evolution of art progresses further, the differences between abstract and representational art become less obvious. ?A picture – before it is a battlehorse, a nude woman, or some anecdote ? is essentially a plane surface covered with colors assembled in a certain order.? Maurice Denis Works Cited Milner, John. Mondrian. New York: Abbeville

Press, 1992 Moszynska, Anna. Abstract Art. London: Thames and Hudson Ltd, 1990 Read, Herbert. A Concise History Of Modern Painting. London: Thames and Hudson Ltd, 1974 Rosenthal, Mark. Abstraction in the Twentieth Century: Total Risk, Freedom, Discipline. NewYork: Guggenheim Museum Publications, 1996 Whitford, Frank. Understanding Abstract Art. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1987