Abstract art was born in 1910, when the Russian painter Wassilj Kandinskij painted a watercolor, considered the first abstract work in the history of art (it is kept at the Center Pompidou in Paris).
The work has no title and appears as a series of splashes of color that express the generic sensation of lightness and movement. From this moment, abstract art became the means for many artists to free their imagination, without the constraints and conventions that the rules in artistic practice had imposed until then.
This is one of the most important artistic currents of the twentieth century because, for the first time, it clearly states that art must not imitate reality. In reality, the birth of abstraction was the direct consequence of a journey that began a long time ago and in which the references to reality gradually disappear into the image.
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In essence, this type of work seeks and finds forms and images that are completely new and different from the real ones to express the artist’s inner feeling.
The abstraction rather than a movement is an artistic current that was born at the beginning of the 1900s and assumes the meaning of “not real”.
Abstract art is one that does not represent reality but creates pictures that express concepts matching together shapes, colors, and lines.
The path that led to abstraction originates in Symbolism, which evoked sounds, sensations, and emotions without necessarily representing reality for what it was, something that doesn’t really exist, that is part of the dream world.
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The abstract starts from here and simplifies the image more and more, to the point of making it unrecognizable and entrusting to individual colors and to the individual forms of meanings no longer readable without an explanation.
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