The history of abstract art dates back to the 1940s, when it first appeared on the art scene in New York City. The concept for abstract art stems from Europe, and draws influence from the world scene after the second World War. The new art movement was powerful enough to change the focus of the global art scene from Europe to New York City.
Abstract art draws inspiration from ancient myths and cultures. Abstract artists use canvas, paint and other materials for creating colorful images involving one or more subject matters or objects. Abstract art deviated from previous subjects that influenced art, which were politics and warfare. Although it did not focus on images of battles, abstract art nevertheless explored the darker side of human nature. It drew influence from surrealism as well, which included works by Picasso, Matisse, Leger and more.