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Definition of Abstraction

Abstraction

  1. The act of abstracting, separating, or withdrawing, or the state of being withdrawn; withdrawal.
  2. The act process of leaving out of consideration one or more properties of a complex object so as to attend to others; analysis. Thus, when the mind considers the form of a tree by itself, or the color of the leaves as separate from their size or figure, the act is called abstraction. So, also, when it considers whiteness, softness, virtue, existence, as separate from any particular objects.
  3. An idea or notion of an abstract, or theoretical nature; as, to fight for mere abstractions.
  4. A separation from worldly objects; a recluse life; as, a hermit's abstraction.
  5. Absence or absorption of mind; inattention to present objects.
  6. The taking surreptitiously for one's own use part of the property of another; purloining.
  7. A separation of volatile parts by the act of distillation.

Abstraction Quotations

Pure drawing is an abstraction. Drawing and colour are not distinct, everything in nature is coloured.
Paul Cezanne

Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
Havelock Ellis

Why must art be static? You look at an abstraction, sculptured or painted, an entirely exciting arrangement of planes, spheres, nuclei, entirely without meaning. It would be perfect, but it is always still. The next step in sculpture is motion.
Alexander Calder

I believe that history has shape, order, and meaning; that exceptional men, as much as economic forces, produce change; and that passe abstractions like beauty, nobility, and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity.
Camille Paglia

Abstraction is one of the greatest visionary tools ever invented by human beings to imagine, decipher, and depict the world.
Jerry Saltz
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Abstraction Translations

abstraction in Danish is tyveri
abstraction in Dutch is abstract begrip, abstractie
abstraction in French is inattention, abstraction
abstraction in German is Abstraktion {f], Abziehung {f}, Zerstreutheit
abstraction in Portuguese is furto
abstraction in Swedish is abstraktion
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