Abstract or non-objective painting is capable of evoking a spiritual experience. Abstractionists have challenged themselves to depict the unseeable rhythms of nature, the ineffable qualities of life, the heroic capacities of individuals and society, or the vast if vague regions of the soul.
In this sense, these artistic revolutionaries have neither discarded the desire to communicate content to the viewer nor rejected the connection of their highly expressive art form to life. But the nonreferentiality of abstract art requires the viewer to plumb new emotional reservoirs in order to absorb and to be touched by it. Variously explosive, serene, intense, or contemplative, abstraction offers kinds of beauty unimaginable in earlier art.