abstract art definition

 A type of artwork in which parts of forms and shapes are emphasized in interpreting the subject depicted.  Abstract art may not necessarily be recognized as something.  The term is subjective in its use because all artwork fits somewhere along the spectrum from full representational art to total abstraction; in other words, there are degrees of abstraction in art.  In 1910, the artist Vassily Kandinsky is traditionally given the credit for creating the first totally abstract artwork.