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Dreamscape Gold & White - Two tone paintings, Daniela Pasqualini

Dreamscape Gold & White - Two tone paintings

Daniela Pasqualini

Painting - 152.4 x 121.9 x 2.5 cm

$5,800

Borders (1), JonOne

Borders (1)

JonOne

Painting - 29.5 x 42 cm

$2,956

La Nuit au Chalet 1935, Willy Ronis

La Nuit au Chalet 1935

Willy Ronis

Photography - 30 x 40 x 1 cm

$2,111

Butterfly Matrix sculpture, Helen She

Butterfly Matrix sculpture

Helen She

Painting - 80 x 80 x 4 cm

$2,006 $1,805

Ours Chanel, Pic' Art

Ours Chanel

Pic' Art

Sculpture - 35 x 29 x 25 cm

$369

Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc (Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print), Slim Aarons

Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc (Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print)

Slim Aarons

Photography - 152.4 x 101.6 cm

$3,895

The wonderful morning dreams of Alice - Composition 58, Ovidiu Kloska

The wonderful morning dreams of Alice - Composition 58

Ovidiu Kloska

Painting - 150 x 200 x 4 cm

$4,223

Espinas negras tirana, Stinkfish

Espinas negras tirana

Stinkfish

Painting - 55 x 55 x 4 cm

$4,180

Line 6, Gina Vor

Line 6

Gina Vor

Fine Art Drawings - 29.5 x 19.5 x 0.3 cm

$106

Paranoïa, Kokian

Paranoïa

Kokian

Painting - 65 x 50 x 1 cm

$728

Without you, Margotz

Without you

Margotz

Painting - 56 x 42 x 1 cm

$528

Ballon black Chanel, Longet

Ballon black Chanel

Longet

Sculpture - 23 x 17 x 17 cm

$317

When the smoke clears, Piet Parra

When the smoke clears

Piet Parra

Print - 65 x 45 x 0.1 cm

$1,267

Braided, from the series less is more, Capucine Safir

Braided, from the series less is more

Capucine Safir

Sculpture - 19.1 x 19.1 x 30.5 cm

$3,599

In the future everyone will be anonymous for 15 minutes, Sebastien Dominici

In the future everyone will be anonymous for 15 minutes

Sebastien Dominici

Painting - 100 x 81 cm

$2,956

3D Little Big Space, Invader

3D Little Big Space

Invader

Design - 28 x 20 x 4 cm

$1,583

Mary Go Round 1 Jardin des Tuileries, Parisian Night, Pascal Therme

Mary Go Round 1 Jardin des Tuileries, Parisian Night

Pascal Therme

Photography - 50 x 70 x 1 cm

$1,003

Every day is indigenous peoples day, Michael Alan

Every day is indigenous peoples day

Michael Alan

Fine Art Drawings - 295.9 x 58.2 x 0.1 cm

$1,161

Golden Boy Hermes Handmade Sculpture for Home Decor, Dervis Akdemir

Golden Boy Hermes Handmade Sculpture for Home Decor

Dervis Akdemir

Sculpture - 30 x 15 x 15 cm

$220

White Ferrari Candy, David Mir

White Ferrari Candy

David Mir

Sculpture - 48.3 x 12.7 x 7.6 cm

$2,350

Sans titre, Dize 156

Sans titre

Dize 156

Fine Art Drawings - 34 x 20 x 7 cm

$528

Ancestral Weights "Kathleen", Cal Lane

Ancestral Weights "Kathleen"

Cal Lane

Sculpture - 124.5 x 137.2 x 35.6 cm

$13,723

Emperador Antonino Pio original statue customized, SISC

Emperador Antonino Pio original statue customized

SISC

Sculpture - 22 x 12 x 5 cm

$528

Piaf grand maître Murakami (modèle 1), Valerie Marty

Piaf grand maître Murakami (modèle 1)

Valerie Marty

Sculpture - 16 x 12 x 10 cm

$707

Playmobil xxl Chanel, S2Bart

Playmobil xxl Chanel

S2Bart

Sculpture - 63 x 31 x 23 cm

$1,151

Medium Something To Suck #66, Hersk

Medium Something To Suck #66

Hersk

Sculpture - 92 x 32 x 7 cm

$1,531

Composition 01, Kencre

Composition 01

Kencre

Print - 40 x 30 cm

$42

Colors in Black, Hayvon

Colors in Black

Hayvon

Painting - 50 x 50 x 2 cm

$296

Calme sur l’océan, Bridg'

Calme sur l’océan

Bridg'

Painting - 80 x 80 x 2 cm

$950

Un été gris-bleu - série Les Dames de la côte, Françoise Lucq

Un été gris-bleu - série Les Dames de la côte

Françoise Lucq

Painting - 60 x 40 x 1 cm

$1,035

Frida Kahlo in the blue house, Coyoacán, Mexico., Leo Matiz

Frida Kahlo in the blue house, Coyoacán, Mexico.

Leo Matiz

Photography - 35.6 x 25.4 x 0.3 cm

$1,800

White

In physics, white is the sum of all the colours. To the human eye, white appears to be the total absence of colour. Amongst artists, white and its many uses in art are continuously evolving and challenging those who would embrace them. Is white, then, a non-colour, or an enhancer of colours? Intangible or material? Absence or excess?

Since Antiquity, white has been appreciated for its symbolic value. In Ancient Greece, where they would paint their statues, it was a sign of incompletion, whereas the Romans believed it showed pomp and imperialist virtue. With the rise of Christianity, white was used in opposition to black in order to emphasise moral dichotomies: the pure, divine white against the darkness. In some cases, however, white was used to show sickness or death, most notably in the pallid representations of the skeletal, crucified Christ.

In the Renaissance white was used to sublimate faces and backgrounds. Da Vinci even based his sfumato technique on the soft transition from light into darkness. Throughout the history of painting, white was considered precious for its ability to reflect light. It attracts the gaze even when used in the tiniest quantities, and illuminates the subject, drawing out stunning contrasts as seen in the works of Rembrandt, or in Vermeer's famous Girl with the Pearl Earring.

With the rise of Impressionism, white was used as the brightest tone amongst shades of grey. While Manet produced canvases which were forerunners to monochromes, including The Reader, which was almost pure white, Monet delivered a stunning gradient of whites whilst recreating the snow at his home in Giverny. The first true white monochrome appeared with the arrival of Malevitch's White Square on a White Background. The artist said 'I have broken the blue boundary of colour limits, and come out into the white'.

 

Modernists were equally passionate about white and valued it incredibly highly. Miro in particular questioned the status of white on canvases. In his painting Woman, Bird and Star white is in parts boldly painted, but is also distinctive for its absence around the star. Picasso, on the other hand, explored white in conjunction with his famous coloured periods. Piero Manzoni became famous thanks to his 'achromatic' paintings, a series of canvases produced exclusively in shades of white. Moving into the 20th century, white became synonymous with minimalist abstraction. For artists like Kandinsky, white was a cosmic colour, associated with a spiritual search for the absolute, guiding the artists as he seek to express his emotions.  

 

Today, white remains an ever popular subject. Roman Opalka made his name creating a series of white numbers of a white background, while Daniel Arsham reinvents white walls in galleries by letting his artwork drip down onto them. White is a colour with multiple symbolic interpretations. The colour of divinity or humility; of purity and immaculate, of emptiness and absence, but always colour. If blue has Klein and red has Rothko, it appears that no artist has yet succeeded in fully mastering white – but maybe you'll find them in our selection!


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