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How did WWI affect popular art in the 1920s?

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World War I was a period of great unrest and dissatisfaction due to the violence and destruction observed by many—particularly by the youth who would go on to try and adjust to adult and working life after going through the terrible war.

The art and society reflected this dissatisfaction as a result of these young people reincorporating into their adult lives. Dada art was a type of art that cropped up at the time that was very existential in nature: exposing absurdism and making statements about the meaningless of life (and even art) while attempting to expose the cruelty inherent in the human experience.

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