Baby Talk Art

Baby Talk Art
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.27

     challenging words:    affected, poetry, surrealism, fancy, artists, shocked, sounds, figure, leader, painting, horse, terrible, fact, strange, city, person
     content words:    Tristan Tzara, World War I.

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Baby Talk Art
By Colleen Messina

1     Usually, art styles have fancy names. One does not. In fact, its name sounds like baby talk. It is called Dada!
2     Dada started in 1916. A man named Tristan Tzara was the leader. He was a poet. The Dadaists met in a café in a city in Switzerland. Some people think that their name started in a funny way. One of the artists opened a dictionary. He stuck a table knife on a page. The knife hit the word "dada." That is one story about how the Dadaists got their name. Other people think the word came from the French word for a horse.
3     Artists who followed this style did not like World War I. They thought war was terrible. They decided that their style would have no rules. Their style shocked people. Some art critics thought it was confusing. One painting showed a figure of a person going down steps. The person was made out of blocks. The blocks were blurry. The person did not really look like a person. It was a strange picture.

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