The birth of abstract art
For almost as long as there have been humans, there has been art. Early cave paintings showed the creatures that people hunted for food. These were representational; they represented things in the world. By the beginning of the 20th century, however, artists started to imagine something else.
In 1906, Sweden’s Hilma af Klint painted colourful shapes that didn’t seem to represent anything. In 1910, a Russian called Wassily Kandinsky stopped painting things in the world. Instead, he created wonderful images out of colours and lines (pictured above). He inspired people to think beyond the real world – and abstract painting was born.