Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world..
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There are many theoretical ideas behind abstract art. While some have taken the idea of ‘art for art’s sake’ that art should be purely about the creation of beautiful effects , others have proposed art can or should be like music, in that just as music is patterns of sound, art’s effects should be created by pure patterns of form, colour .
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Origins and History. Stone Age Abstract Paintings. As far as we can tell, abstract art first began some 70,000 years ago with prehistoric engravings namely, two pieces of rock engraved with abstract geometric patterns, found in the Blombos Cave in South Africa..