Abstract art was identified in Germany in the first part of the 20th century. Alfred Barr coined the phrase to describe works that were completed by Wassily Kandinsky. What is most popularly known as abstract art today is an American Movement that that began after World War II. Pablo Picasso was a pioneer in this movement, along with others who were a part of the Cubism Movement.
This type of art can be in the form of paintings or sculptures and involves the use of vivid colors, shapes, precise brushstrokes and scale. Abstract Art does not depict anything in the natural world. It is exaggerated lines and brushstrokes that are geometrical in nature. While the works of art can resemble objects or people, they are typically in a fantasy like form instead of a real life form.
Kandinsky is the father of this movement, and he believed that the colors that he used represented real life emotions. In his mind, red represented confidence while green represented peace. He felt that blue had ties with the supernatural word, and Yellow stood for numerous emotions including excitement, warmth and craziness. Kandinsky’s art inspired many artists in the mid and late 20th century.
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