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Abstract Print

It's impossible attribute a precise date to the birth of abstract art. Art critics tend to situate the start of the movement in the 1910s and tend to see Wassily Kandinsky's “Picture with a circle" or “Abstract watercolour" as the works that announced the birth of abstract art. Although it is hard to know whether this work was truly the first abstract painting, Kandinsky was undeniably one of the founders of the movement.

However, it is important not to forget that there were many other important artists working at around the same time as Kandinsky and who also created key non-figurative works. These include Piet Mondrian, François Kupka and Kazimir Malevich. The couple Sonia and Robert Delaunay also had a fundamental impact on the development of abstraction. Mesmerised by the bright colours and circular shapes in their compositions, the French poet Apollinaire christened their art Orphism.

Even if abstract art can be seen as a revolution in terms of the artistic traditions that came before it, the movement can also be interpreted as the inevitable and logical result of the work and thinking of preceding artists. Certain experts believe that abstract art can be traced back to Monet and Whistler, who highlighted the importance of visually representing feelings and emotions rather than figurative objects. Fauvism contributed to our understanding of the power of colour, whilst Cubists pushed figurative art to its limits by playing around with geometric shapes and forms.

In a similar way, it seems illogical to give abstract art a single definition as the movement itself is so complex. The one thing that all abstract artists have in common is that they believe reality is subjective. They don't paint subjects, objects or people but focus on emotions, feelings or esthetics using shapes, colours and brush strokes to convey their message.

Geometric and lyrical abstract art are both forms of abstraction in is purest form. There is no clear subject matter or if the artist was inspired by a particular object, person or scene we can't tell without additional information. There can be different degrees of abstraction. For example, some forms of figurative art may be partially abstract if they distort the reality they represent. It is important not to underestimate the role that historical context has played in the development of emerging art movements. Abstract art has known two golden ages; the first between the two World Wars, just before the Great Depression, and the second between 1947 and 1970. Why? In short, human suffering. When artists no longer know how to represent the horrors of warfare and convey the suffering that society has endured, they must innovate, look for new techniques and call upon the subjective memories of survivors. In the words of Adorno, “writing poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric".

Abstract art reached its peak between 1950 and 1970 in New York thanks to abstract expressionist artists such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Although this might be the movement that comes to mind when thinking of abstract art, there are many other movements related to non-figurative art, including Surrealism, Fauvism, Cubism, Bauhaus and Futurism.

With the advent of new technology, new art movements have emerged in the 21st century. Abstraction continues to be important to several of these movements. Many painters and sculptors still continue to create pure abstract art, such as Anish Kapoor, Ben Berlow and Christian Rosa. Abstract art has not disappeared; it has merely evolved and continues to adapt to its society.

Artsper has a wide range of abstract prints from many well known contemporary and modern artists, including Zao Wou-Ki, Pablo Picasso,Victor Vasarely and Joan Miro, as well as a selection from emerging artists.

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Mark Tobey, Summer Joy, Print

Mark Tobey

Summer Joy, 1972
76.6 x 55.5 x 0.1 cm

$655 $819

Omar Galliani, East, Print

Omar Galliani

East, 2008
94 x 70 x 0.1 cm


Joan Miró, Lithographs II (M. 1042), Print

Joan Miró

Lithographs II (M. 1042), 1972
36.5 x 55.2 cm


Pierre Alechinsky, Vibrions, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Vibrions, 1990
59 x 76 cm


Pablo Picasso, Exposition Ceramique, Vallauris, Print

Pablo Picasso

Exposition Ceramique, Vallauris, 1959
76.2 x 55.9 cm


Gianni Dova, Blue Composition, Print

Gianni Dova

Blue Composition, 1970
70 x 49 x 0.1 cm


Felipe Pantone, Subtractive Variability P3, Print

Felipe Pantone

Subtractive Variability P3, 2020
100 x 70 cm


Mu Liu, The Lucky Cloud, Print

Mu Liu

The Lucky Cloud, 2008
94 x 70 x 0.1 cm


Tommaso Cascella, Waterpolo, Print

Tommaso Cascella

Waterpolo, 2008
94 x 70 x 0.1 cm


Jordi Alcaraz, Parlar sol (II), Print

Jordi Alcaraz

Parlar sol (II), 2021
126 x 90 cm


Antoni Tapies, Untitled from St. Gallen, Print

Antoni Tapies

Untitled from St. Gallen, 1965
55.9 x 76.2 cm


Paul Jenkins, Five Invocations II, Print

Paul Jenkins

Five Invocations II, 1997
54.6 x 74.9 cm


Peter Klasen, Sans titre, Print

Peter Klasen

Sans titre, 1974
50 x 65 x 0.1 cm


Alberto Di Fabio, Canoe, Print

Alberto Di Fabio

Canoe, 2008
94 x 70 x 0.1 cm


Yaacov Agam, Dyptique rencontre, Print

Yaacov Agam

Dyptique rencontre, 2011
46 x 25.7 x 1.8 cm


Ladislas Kijno, Composition, ca, Print

Ladislas Kijno

Composition, ca, 1980
81 x 62 x 0.2 cm


Fernand Léger, Bonne pensée du matin, Print

Fernand Léger

Bonne pensée du matin, 1949
32 x 25 cm


Sol LeWitt, Forms Derived From a Cube, Print

Sol LeWitt

Forms Derived From a Cube, 1964
52 x 52 cm


André Masson, La Dame au labyrinthe, Print

André Masson

La Dame au labyrinthe, 1962
38 x 28 cm


Jesús-Rafael Soto, Ovalo Verde, Print

Jesús-Rafael Soto

Ovalo Verde, 1980
55.9 x 76.2 cm


Max Papart, Les chemins de la Lumière, Print

Max Papart

Les chemins de la Lumière, 1968
75.5 x 56 x 0.2 cm


Mist, Evil Shades Red, Print


Evil Shades Red, 2020
70 x 50 cm


Jean Arp, Soleil recerclé, Print

Jean Arp

Soleil recerclé, 1966
46.5 x 37 cm


Claes Oldenburg, Striding Figure from Conspiracy: The Artist as Witness Portfolio, Print

Claes Oldenburg

Striding Figure from Conspiracy: The Artist as Witness Portfolio, 1971
72.4 x 53.3 cm


Pedro Friedeberg, Teatro Microbiotico, Print

Pedro Friedeberg

Teatro Microbiotico, 1987
61 x 61 cm


Mimmo Paladino, Sguardo a destra, Print

Mimmo Paladino

Sguardo a destra, 2000
61 x 81.3 cm


Louise Nevelson, Paris Review, Print

Louise Nevelson

Paris Review, 1968
72.4 x 53.3 cm


Peter Max, Flower Abstract, Print

Peter Max

Flower Abstract, 1980
55.9 x 68.6 cm


Sandra Salamonová, Undefined, Print

Sandra Salamonová

Undefined, 2021
50 x 70 cm


Stanislav Bojankov, Fragments-I, Print

Stanislav Bojankov

Fragments-I, 2020
60 x 80 x 2 cm

$1,084 $1,204

Antoni Clavé, Point Rouge, Print

Antoni Clavé

Point Rouge, 1973
75 x 56 cm


Jean-Pierre Yvaral, 50 Shades of Blue, Print

Jean-Pierre Yvaral

50 Shades of Blue, 1970
74.9 x 74.9 cm


Luiza Kasprzyk, XVII, Print

Luiza Kasprzyk

XVII, 2021
42 x 90 cm


Stéphanie Malossane, Inner light blue, Print

Stéphanie Malossane

Inner light blue, 2018
81 x 60 x 2.5 cm


Jean-Michel Atlan, Sans Titre, Print

Jean-Michel Atlan

Sans Titre, 1959
55.5 x 44.5 cm


Bertrand Dorny, Kilkenny, Print

Bertrand Dorny

Kilkenny, 1969
70 x 56 cm


Gaëlle Wagner, Diagonales Lavande et Rose, Print

Gaëlle Wagner

Diagonales Lavande et Rose, 2018
31 x 31 x 1 cm


Alfred Manessier, L'enfant dans la cité des ombres, Print

Alfred Manessier

L'enfant dans la cité des ombres, 1978
38 x 28.5 cm


Osanne Nègre, Bocage aux limosas, Print

Osanne Nègre

Bocage aux limosas, 1934
65 x 50 cm


André Verdet, Untitled, Print

André Verdet

Untitled, 1970
49.5 x 38.1 cm


Rolf Cavael, Abstrakte Komposition, Print

Rolf Cavael

Abstrakte Komposition, 1957
53 x 39 x 0.1 cm


Pierre-Gérard Langlois, Reine de la nuit, Print

Pierre-Gérard Langlois

Reine de la nuit, 1940
56 x 76 cm


Kanjo Take, Hokkaido Triptych - Nowhere or 36 views of Fujiyama, Print

Kanjo Take

Hokkaido Triptych - Nowhere or 36 views of Fujiyama, 2010
120 x 300 x 3 cm


Monique Dezès, Tour de France, Print

Monique Dezès

Tour de France, 2021
29 x 20 x 0.2 cm


Zoran Music, Carte de voeux pour 1966, Print

Zoran Music

Carte de voeux pour 1966, 1966
15 x 19 cm


Izabela Lewkowicz, Regarde moi, Print

Izabela Lewkowicz

Regarde moi, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm


George Braque, "Lettera Amorosa" : Le rapace, Print

George Braque

"Lettera Amorosa" : Le rapace, 1963
38 x 28 cm


Joze Ciuha, Icon V, Print

Joze Ciuha

Icon V, 1977
70 x 99 cm


Emi, Transiency, Print


Transiency, 2020
42 x 29.7 x 0.3 cm


Jacques Lipchitz, Hommage à Picasso, Print

Jacques Lipchitz

Hommage à Picasso, 1973
78.5 x 57.5 cm


Johnny Friedlaender, Oiseau sur fond brun, Print

Johnny Friedlaender

Oiseau sur fond brun, 1972
41.5 x 30.5 cm


Pierre-Marie Brisson, Chaque chose en son temps I, Print

Pierre-Marie Brisson

Chaque chose en son temps I, 1999
65 x 48 cm


Gérard Gosselin, Hommage à Lorca, Print

Gérard Gosselin

Hommage à Lorca, 1980
70 x 50 cm


L'Atlas, Just another seal, Print


Just another seal, 2020
56 x 56 cm


Max Ernst, Composition, Print

Max Ernst

Composition, 1970
32.5 x 25 x 0.1 cm

$867 $1,084

Claude Viallat, Sans-titre, Print

Claude Viallat

Sans-titre, 2019
70 x 50 cm


Our recommendations Jean Miotte, Élegie, Print

Jean Miotte

Élegie, 1992
126 x 88 cm


Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Les oeufs hors le nid, Print

Alexander Calder

Les oeufs hors le nid, 1976
49 x 66 cm


Our recommendations Joanne Freeman, Covers 3 Ultramarine, Print

Joanne Freeman

Covers 3 Ultramarine, 2017
71 x 66 cm


Shaka, Infrarouge #2, Print


Infrarouge #2, 2019
117 x 97 cm


Wifredo Lam, Demoiselle Blasonnée, Print

Wifredo Lam

Demoiselle Blasonnée, 1974
65 x 50 x 0.2 cm


Sonia Delaunay, Untitled, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Untitled, 1966
64 x 45 x 0.2 cm


Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995
78 x 57 x 1 cm


Marino Marini, The Horse, Print

Marino Marini

The Horse, 1950
28.5 x 24 x 0.1 cm


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