The birth of ab­stract art

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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.

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