What is Nefelibata?

Portuguese in origin, derived from “nefele” (cloud) and “batha” (a place to walk), it literally translates to “cloud walker”.

Noun –

  • daydreamer;
  • a person lost in imagination;
  • an unorthodox person who doesn’t abide by the rules of society

Let us talk about Abstract Art.

For some, it’s an unorthodox style of art where the viewer can make out nothing, despite spending hours in front of the well-framed art, elegantly decorated on the wall.

“Art should look like art, trees and flowers and people, not weird shapes and splotches of color all smeared together.”
 Jennifer Estep


“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable one” Banksy

At first glance, I can make out colors & brush strokes and the art appears colorful and I am confident that, I can come out with some message as I continue to imagine the possibilities. A kind of challenge to my brain.


“A Picture is worth a thousand words-particularly if you can’t read “. Harry Hershfield

While professional artists give us a different explanation.

“Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes…Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an exploration into unknown areas.”
Arshile Gorky

I agree with the thoughts of the artist, and one must think about what exactly the artist is trying to convey. It gives immense pleasure if you can derive your meaning and the artist is truly delighted.

I feel the viewer should come out with their thoughts instead of pondering. It is challenging to conclude as to what is in the mind of the artist.

If you still can’t understand, you can always check with the Artist and get enriched regarding the artist’s thought process.

Probably interpretation of the art by you depends on how intelligent you are!

What are your thoughts my friend ?

This post is part of the ragtag community’s daily promptNefelibata.

Thank you. Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philosophy Through Photography

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  4 comments for “Nefelibata

  1. July 25, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Beautiful post Philo and I certainly feel I am a cloud walker, an expression I love.:-)

    Liked by 2 people

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