Abstract definition follows despite your victimhood expression re mocking - abstraction being several levels removed from reality:
late 14c., originally in grammar (of nouns), from Latin abstractus
"drawn away," past participle of abstrahere
"to drag away, detach, pull away, divert;" also figuratively, from ab(s)-
"away" (see ab-
) + trahere
"draw" (see tract
Meaning "withdrawn or separated from material objects or practical
matters" is from mid-15c. That of "difficult to understand, abstruse" is
from c. 1400. Specifically in reference to modern art, it dates from
1914; abstract expressionism
American-based uninhibited approach to art exemplified by Jackson
Pollock is from 1952, but the term itself had been used in the 1920s of
Kandinsky and others.
Oswald Herzog, in an article on "Der Abstrakte Expressionismus"
(Sturm, heft 50, 1919) gives us a statement which with equal felicity
may be applied to the artistic attitude of the Dadaists. "Abstract
Expressionism is perfect Expressionism," he writes. "It is pure
creation. It casts spiritual processes into a corporeal mould. It does
not borrow objects from the real world; it creates its own objects ....
The abstract reveals the will of the artist; it becomes expression. ..."
[William A. Drake, "The Life and Deeds of Dada," 1922]
Then, that art we have called "abstract" for want of any possible
descriptive term, with which we have been patient, and, even,
appreciative, getting high stimulation by the new Guggenheim
"non-objective" Art Museum, is reflected in our examples of
"surrealism," "dadaism," and what-not, to assert our acquaintance in
every art, fine or other. [Report of the Art Reference Department of
Pratt Institute Free Library for year ending June 30, 1937]