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Where did abstract art come from?

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The first examples of abstract art came from Europe during the early 1900s. Abstract artists use geometric shapes, bold colors and distorted images to represent the concepts behind concrete objects.

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Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky's 1911 painting, "Picture with a Circle" is one of the earliest examples of abstract art. Kandinsky expressed emotions and instrument tones through colors. Red, for example, expressed confidence and trumpet sounds. Dutch painter Piet Mondrian developed a much more rigorous style that led to the De Stijl movement. De Stijl artists and architects attempt to reveal the underlying spirituality of their subjects through radically simplified images.

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