How do you appreciate abstract modern art?
For this explanation I’ll stick with painting, though it applies to art in general. There’s two main things you look at when viewing a painting. It’s “form” and its “content.” Form describes the physical stuff about a painting: color, size, what type of paint, thickness of paint, type of canvas, type of brush strokes, and so on. Content describes what the painting is depicting: a house, a person, a group of people, a particular event, a collection of objects, whatever.
We’ll look at two paintings, one “normal” painting and then an abstract one. First up is Leutze’s painting of Washington crossing the Deleware.