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Abstract Drawing

The start of the 20th century was an incredibly promising time for Western societies. Major technological and industrial breakthroughs brought about key societal changes and revolutionised the daily lives of entire populations. The two World Wars devastated the world during the first half of the 20th century and deeply scarred the generations who lived through them. Their violence had a profound influence on the art movements of the time.

Within art and literature, artists started to move away from rational thinking. In art, new movements emerged which completely broke away from traditional artistic conventions, including Surrealism, Dadaism, Figurative art, Expressionism, Cubism and also Abstract Art.

The first abstract tendencies were seen in Germany with Wilhem Worringer, who used abstract art, more specifically geometric shapes, as the means to express and portray his fears. Fauve artists had already used pure colours but this technique became even more commonplace in abstract works. The invention of photography also had a key impact on painters as it meant that they became less concerned about their work being realistic. The origins of the abstract movement are difficult to pin down as its several initiatives developed at the same time in several different countries, without any kind of dialogue unifying them.

It was a watercolour by Vassily Kandinsky, the figurehead of the abstract movement, which triggered the shift in artistic attitudes. Like a piece of cacophonous music, shapes and colours create a sense of movement in his abstracts paintings, communicating specific emotions. From this point on, new artists concentrated on trying to depict a ‘contraction of reality’, by simplifying shapes and drawing nothing more than its essence or the underlying idea.

Piet Mondrian decided to work with geometric shapes. As for Malévich, he chose to showcase the invisible in his highly symbolic and spiritual works, including his most famous painting ‘Black Square.’ In his own unique way, Jackson Pollock created nearly 700 impressive modern paintings. His brush rarely ever touching the canvas as he preferred the pouring technique, which involves pouring paint directly onto the painting from a paint pot or stick.

Just like oil painting or abstract sculpture, abstract drawing can come in various different forms. On Artsper, you will find a collection of works made with ink, gouache, watercolour, pen, charcoal, thin lead pencils or felt-tip pens and often on paper. Similar to painting, abstract drawing can highlight shapes, textures, lines or colours. What the artists decide to focus on is dependent on their artistic vision.

Discover abstract drawings by the abstract artists Paul Jenkins, Ellen Priest and Abigail Lazkoz on Artsper.
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Stéphane Rime, No name 100.100 #B21, Fine Art Drawings

Stéphane Rime

No name 100.100 #B21, 2021
100 x 100 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$333

Stanislav Bojankov, Abstract landscape-V, Fine Art Drawings

Stanislav Bojankov

Abstract landscape-V, 2005
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$654 $727

Dorine van der Ploeg, Pool XIX, Fine Art Drawings

Dorine van der Ploeg

Pool XIX, 2020
42 x 60 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,272

Zwy Milshtein, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Zwy Milshtein

Sans titre, 1986
27 x 20 x 0.01 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$606

Robert Knipschild, Wellfleet, MA, Fine Art Drawings

Robert Knipschild

Wellfleet, MA, 1963
20.3 x 30.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,800

Rodrigo Spinel, Plano, Fine Art Drawings

Rodrigo Spinel

Plano, 2018
14.8 x 21 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$250

Petr Strnad, Épicentre, Fine Art Drawings

Petr Strnad

Épicentre, 2017
37.7 x 27.4 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$242

Jean-Jacques André, C /003, Fine Art Drawings

Jean-Jacques André

C /003, 2013
63 x 63 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$557

Despa Hondros, Heavy Rain, Over 50,000 Circles, Fine Art Drawings

Despa Hondros

Heavy Rain, Over 50,000 Circles, 2021
57 x 77 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,666

Manuel Pougès, Nef, Fine Art Drawings

Manuel Pougès

Nef, 2019
71 x 101.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$9,693

LN Le Cheviller, Anatomie - Petite - 7, Fine Art Drawings

LN Le Cheviller

Anatomie - Petite - 7, 2020
50 x 70 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$400

Moon Shin, 1975 Sculpture Olympiades Seoul, Fine Art Drawings

Moon Shin

1975 Sculpture Olympiades Seoul, 1975
40 x 20 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$5,997

Wendy Wahl, Vespa, Fine Art Drawings

Wendy Wahl

Vespa, 2021
63.5 x 63.5 x 5.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$3,500

Julien Cuny, Le Matador, Fine Art Drawings

Julien Cuny

Le Matador, 2021
65 x 50 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$339

Our recommendations Jane Carney, Untitled (Green), Fine Art Drawings

Jane Carney

Untitled (Green), 2018
100.3 x 76.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,500

Philippe Buil, Ombre Clochette, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Buil

Ombre Clochette, 2018
50 x 65 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$424

Eduardo Arroyo, Sans-titre, Fine Art Drawings

Eduardo Arroyo

Sans-titre, 1959
27 x 17.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,393

Our recommendations Antony Squizzato, Fear of a Black Planet, Fine Art Drawings

Antony Squizzato

Fear of a Black Planet, 2020
40 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$424

Philippe  Hiquily, Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Hiquily

Composition, 1961
55 x 44 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$10,904

Gabrielle Rul, Les gens de passage, Fine Art Drawings

Gabrielle Rul

Les gens de passage, 2021
23 x 31 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$363

Gina Vor, Vision 11, Fine Art Drawings

Gina Vor

Vision 11, 2020
42 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$206

Max Ernst, Un Acteur de Talent - Original Frottage, Fine Art Drawings

Max Ernst

Un Acteur de Talent - Original Frottage, 1972
36 x 28 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$39,983

Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Tempo coloratour, Fine Art Drawings

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Tempo coloratour, 2019
100 x 70 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,357

Wifredo Lam, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Wifredo Lam

Untitled, 1941
21.9 x 16.9 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$38,771

Fabienne Ribeyrolles, Osmose, Fine Art Drawings

Fabienne Ribeyrolles

Osmose, 2018
56 x 42 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$727

Jiao Jia Ou Yang, Bonheur, Fine Art Drawings

Jiao Jia Ou Yang

Bonheur, 2020
20 x 20 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$400

André Bielen, Synopsie 0561, Fine Art Drawings

André Bielen

Synopsie 0561, 2015
73 x 56 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$909

Speedy Graphito, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Speedy Graphito

Sans titre, 2005
18 x 18 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$606

Tracey Adams, Balancing Act 2, Fine Art Drawings

Tracey Adams

Balancing Act 2, 2016
66 x 50.8 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,843

Pauline Guerrier, Oeuvre sur papier ancien, Fine Art Drawings

Pauline Guerrier

Oeuvre sur papier ancien, 2020
49 x 36 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$727

Benoît Mauduech, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Benoît Mauduech

Sans titre, 2019
64 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$994

Leo Guida, Geometrical Wood, Fine Art Drawings

Leo Guida

Geometrical Wood, 1970
46 x 31 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$582

Philippe Cognée, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Cognée

Sans titre, 2012
21 x 12 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$848

Arman, Watch Gears, Fine Art Drawings

Arman

Watch Gears, 1979
86.4 x 68.6 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$25,000

David Stephen Johnson, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

David Stephen Johnson

Untitled, 2020
76.2 x 55.9 x 1.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$900

Nadya Bertaux, Le sommeil du vent 1, Fine Art Drawings

Nadya Bertaux

Le sommeil du vent 1, 2012
23 x 23 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$788

Maiko Kobayashi, Drawing #5-19, Fine Art Drawings

Maiko Kobayashi

Drawing #5-19, 2019
29.5 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$436

Richard Caldicott, Untitled, 2014 (Id. 382), Fine Art Drawings

Richard Caldicott

Untitled, 2014 (Id. 382), 2014
30 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,772

Mathilde de Bellecombe, Beaucoup de choses à faire, Fine Art Drawings

Mathilde de Bellecombe

Beaucoup de choses à faire, 2013
12 x 12 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$158

Rolf Julius, Untitled (14), Fine Art Drawings

Rolf Julius

Untitled (14), 2005
33.5 x 26.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,817

Frédéric Dégranges, Trame 51, Fine Art Drawings

Frédéric Dégranges

Trame 51, 2014
27 x 50 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,060

EMPHI, Pattern, Fine Art Drawings

EMPHI

Pattern, 2020
35 x 35 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$727

Tommaso Cascella, Musical Notes, Fine Art Drawings

Tommaso Cascella

Musical Notes, 2009
33.5 x 26 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$545

Nino Franchina, The Champions of France, Fine Art Drawings

Nino Franchina

The Champions of France, 1954
31 x 21 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$909

Hervé Ringer, Sans Titre (DED467011), Fine Art Drawings

Hervé Ringer

Sans Titre (DED467011), 2020
30 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$170

Edgar Stoebel, Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Edgar Stoebel

Composition, 1960
47.5 x 60 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$727

Jean Feinberg, DD2.15, Fine Art Drawings

Jean Feinberg

DD2.15, 2015
37 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,063

Maurizio Gracceva, Ma questa volta… aspetto (But This Time I'll be waiting), Fine Art Drawings

Maurizio Gracceva

Ma questa volta… aspetto (But This Time I'll be waiting), 2017
103 x 72 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,817

Xanda McCagg, Adjacent 2, Fine Art Drawings

Xanda McCagg

Adjacent 2, 2014
51 x 41 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,134

Valérie Crausaz, Le tuyau jaune, Fine Art Drawings

Valérie Crausaz

Le tuyau jaune, 2020
35 x 24.5 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$436

František Kupka, Black Geometrical Composition, Fine Art Drawings

František Kupka

Black Geometrical Composition, 1950
21 x 17 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$11,510

Giorgio Griffa, Rosso sotto, Fine Art Drawings

Giorgio Griffa

Rosso sotto, 1998
69 x 86.5 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$9,572

Antonietta Valente, Sunset, Fine Art Drawings

Antonietta Valente

Sunset, 2020
15.2 x 10.2 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$533

Peter Dischleit, Abstract Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Peter Dischleit

Abstract Composition, 1973
25 x 20 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$424

Fieroza Doorsen, Untitled (ID 1293), Fine Art Drawings

Fieroza Doorsen

Untitled (ID 1293), 2016
29.5 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,772

Béatrice Bescond, Fractale 2, Fine Art Drawings

Béatrice Bescond

Fractale 2, 2018
39 x 39 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$909

Jan Voss, Sans-titre, Fine Art Drawings

Jan Voss

Sans-titre, 2019
26 x 17.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,212

Stela Vasileva, Untitled 1, from 'Lines of Time (in pencil and paper)' series, Fine Art Drawings

Stela Vasileva

Untitled 1, from 'Lines of Time (in pencil and paper)' series, 2019
30 x 40 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$606

Tilman, Untitled 393.11, Fine Art Drawings

Tilman

Untitled 393.11, 2011
65 x 50 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,843

Corneille, L'Aube tardive, Fine Art Drawings

Corneille

L'Aube tardive, 1958
50 x 65 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$8,239

Arturo Peyrot, Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Arturo Peyrot

Composition, 1950
48.9 x 34 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$424

Renato Paresce, Study for the Painting "Paesaggio Marino", Fine Art Drawings

Renato Paresce

Study for the Painting "Paesaggio Marino", 1930
17.5 x 10.5 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,060

Renato Guttuso, Monte Compatri view, Fine Art Drawings

Renato Guttuso

Monte Compatri view, 1970
45 x 51 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,939

Suoyuan Wang, Propagation 2020 1, Fine Art Drawings

Suoyuan Wang

Propagation 2020 1, 2020
60 x 120 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,241

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