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World War I

World War I was sparked by the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife by a Serbian activist. But the seeds of the horrific fouryear conflict that engulfed and devastated much of the world were sown… Continue Reading

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Art Goes Abstract

first abstract painting kandinsky

In 1911, Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky created the first painting that was purely abstract. Colorful swirls and lines covered the painting he called Picture with a Circle. Up until then, artists created paintings that showed recognizable objects. Some paintings looked… Continue Reading