Wassily Kandinsky's first abstract watercolour (1910)
Abstract art Abstract art is a style of art in which there are no recognizable shapes and objects at all, only lines, colours and textures. It came about because by the end of the 19th century, many artists felt the need to create new kinds of art which would reflect the fundamental changes taking place in society and technology. The Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) painted the first entirely abstract paintings in the early 20th century.
Why was the Dada movement so called? One story has it that someone—possibly the Austrian artist Richard Huelsenbeck or the French poet Tristan Tzara—plunged a knife at random into a dictionary, where it landed on "dada", the French word for “hobby horse”.
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