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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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Sam Francis, Self Portrait (SF-050), Print

Sam Francis

Self Portrait (SF-050), 1975 104.1 x 74.9 x 0.3 cm Print

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Homage to Johann Sebastian Bach, 1973 64 x 62 x 0.3 cm Print

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Four Seasons, 1989 78.7 x 99.1 x 0.3 cm Print

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André Marfaing, Sans titre, Print

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Sans titre, 1962 65 x 50 cm Print

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Chat saisissant un oiseau, 1939 36 x 48 x 0.1 cm Print

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Maria Collin, No 91, Print

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No 91, 1991 38 x 26 x 1 cm Print

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Pierre Alechinsky, Les tireurs de langue, Print

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Les tireurs de langue, 1962 27.5 x 28 x 0.5 cm Print

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David Alfaro Siqueiros, Prison Fantasies 4, Print

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Prison Fantasies 4, 1973 55.9 x 38.1 x 0.3 cm Print

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Piotre, Yellow energy node, Print

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Yellow energy node, 2021 60 x 50 x 3 cm Print

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Georges Braque, L'Iris, Print

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L'Iris, 1963 73 x 47 cm Print

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Alexander Calder, Sala Gaspar, Print

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Chiara De Zan, Circular eye, Print

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Zao Wou-Ki, L'étang, Print

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L'étang, 1972 38 x 28 cm Print

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Jean-Michel Folon, La Menace I, Print

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La Menace I, 1978 75 x 86 x 0.2 cm Print

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Fernand Léger, La racine noire, Print

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La racine noire, 1948 50 x 64 cm Print

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Bram van Velde, Sans Titre, Print

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Sans Titre, 1966 94 x 62.5 cm Print

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José Luis Cuevas, Caja China II, Print

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Caja China II, 1990 101.6 x 68.6 x 0.5 cm Print

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Sunrise, 2021 40 x 40 x 1 cm Print

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BCN.1.11, 2022 30 x 30 x 4 cm Print

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Joan Miró, Plate XV from Homentage a Joan Prats, Print

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Plate XV from Homentage a Joan Prats, 1971 64.8 x 81.3 x 0.3 cm Print

$8,500

Karel Appel, Putting green kiss, Print

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Putting green kiss, 1978 75 x 106 x 0.5 cm Print

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Alberto Magnelli, Untitled, Print

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Untitled, 1945 64.5 x 49.5 x 0.1 cm Print

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Joan Mitchell, Champs (Black, Gray and Green), Print

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Champs (Black, Gray and Green), 1991 76.2 x 55.9 x 0.3 cm Print

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Caraïbes, 2020 76 x 76 x 0.1 cm Print

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Yaacov Agam, Integrated Rainbow, Print

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Integrated Rainbow, 1980 76.2 x 106.7 x 0.3 cm Print

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Martin Engelman, Les deux boutons, Print

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Les deux boutons, 1971 65 x 50 cm Print

$404

Yanko Tihov, London Passport Map, Print

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London Passport Map, 2021 30 x 33 x 0.2 cm Print

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Victor Pasmore, Abstract Composition, Print

Victor Pasmore

Abstract Composition, 1982 25 x 20.5 x 0.1 cm Print

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Mark Tobey, Abstract Portrait, Print

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Abstract Portrait, 1970 34.9 x 29.8 x 0.3 cm Print

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Tadashi Nishida, Hope, Print

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Hope, 2022 30 x 42 x 3 cm Print

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Bruce Porter, Bayard Series #3, Print

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Bayard Series #3, 1999 67.3 x 48.3 x 0.3 cm Print

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Alquimia, 2021 40 x 30 x 3 cm Print

$363

Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Altier, Print

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Altier, 2022 100 x 80 cm Print

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Robert Goodnough, Three Horses, Print

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Three Horses, 1961 44.5 x 55.9 x 0.3 cm Print

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Engrenage1, 2022 60 x 90 x 3 cm Print

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Paved Way, 2021 140 x 100 x 1 cm Print

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Arty Grimm, Untitled, Print

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Encrypted Alien Data,, 2021 40 x 40 cm Print

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Larry Zox, Bonac II, Print

Larry Zox

Bonac II, 1981 106.7 x 76.2 x 0.3 cm Print

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Jack Torkov, KTL, Print

Jack Torkov

KTL, 1982 69.9 x 69.9 x 0.3 cm Print

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Trittico, 1993 97.5 x 192 x 0.1 cm Print

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La Fouise, 1973 50 x 65 cm Print

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Conrad Marca-Relli, Villa Nueve, Print

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Villa Nueve, 1982 55.9 x 68.6 x 0.3 cm Print

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Jimmy Ernst, Terra Incognita 11, Print

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Terra Incognita 11, 1974 55.9 x 71.1 x 0.3 cm Print

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Méditation, 1971 54.5 x 70 x 0.2 cm Print

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25) Bleu vert, 2019 28 x 35 x 1 cm Print

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Helen Frankenthaler, Live from Lincoln Center, 20th Anniversary, Print

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Réseaux II, 2000 70 x 50 cm Print

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Alter Ego, 1984 100 x 70 x 0.1 cm Print

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Ibram Lassaw, Continuity 1, Print

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Continuity 1, 1971 49.5 x 64.8 x 0.5 cm Print

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Dromond, 1974 76.2 x 55.9 x 0.3 cm Print

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Jean Messagier, Hommage à Federico Fellini, Print

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Hommage à Federico Fellini, 1976 50 x 69.5 x 0.2 cm Print

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Antoni Tapies, Arc Blau, Print

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Arc Blau, 1972 58 x 77.5 x 0.1 cm Print

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Ligne indéterminée, 2003 25.5 x 33.5 cm Print

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Portale, 2000 47 x 110 x 0.1 cm Print

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VoeuPieux, 2021 70 x 50 cm Print

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Man Ray, Sans titre, Print

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Sans titre, 1971 50 x 36 x 1 cm Print

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Genesis, 2021 60 x 60 x 0.1 cm Print

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But Yea, 2015 68.8 x 50 cm Print

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Henri Matisse, Jazz, Le Cirque, Print

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Jazz, Le Cirque, 2014 59 x 85 x 0.2 cm Print

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Together, 2022 60 x 40 x 3 cm Print

$1,555

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Deus largitorem fovet., 2022 120 x 160 x 5 cm Print

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Between Colours, 2020 68 x 91 x 1 cm Print

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Luca Alinari, Veduta dall'auto in sosta, Print

Luca Alinari

Veduta dall'auto in sosta, 1995 130 x 170 x 0.1 cm Print

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Sonia Delaunay, Cathedrale, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Cathedrale, 1971 60.3 x 44 x 1 cm Print

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