abstract art

Discipline: Art

(20th century)

Synonymous with 'abstraction', this term has been employed since the first decades of the 20th century to describe non-representational painting; a style which persists today.

Although elaborated upon and refined in its precise manifestations, abstract art essentially comprises non-figurative art, as first exemplified by the color abstracts of Russian painter WASSILY KANDINSKY (1866-1944) around 1911. It then developed in cubism and later, on an international scale, in abstract expressionism.

Source:
H Osborne, Abstraction and Artifice in Twentieth Century Art (1979)

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