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Amazing Abstracts

The emergence of abstract art might have been the logical consequence of an artistic evolution that had been set in motion by earlier artists, but it nevertheless provided a very significant shift in the art world. Although if Impressionism, post-Impressionism and Fauvism had profoundly changed the way the real world was represented during the 19th century, their looser approach to depicting reality was pushed aside by artists in the 20th century who decided that art no longer had to bear any direct relation to the exterior world and dropped figurative art completely. 

In 1910, abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky published Concerning the Spiritual in Art. In this essay, he explained that each element in a painting should have a symbolic dimension, and he rejected the need to formally identify forms and shapes. For him, the viewer’s feelings could be triggered without resorting to the figurative or a recognisable image: this idea gave birth to abstract art. This break with figurative art sparked an artistic revolution and simultaneously followed by other pioneers of the movement: Malevich, Mondrian and Kupka.

Each of these four artists proposed a new way of painting, creating their own language. Whereas Kandinsky’s shapes and coloured lines sought to provoke the viewer’s sensitivity and emotion, Malevich favoured monochromatic paintings, the first ones in contemporary art. Mondrian used his knowledge in geometry and mathematics to organise primary coloured-squares on white canvases, and Kupka chose to capture movement with graphic shapes and adept use of colour. The directions taken by these four artists created the foundations of abstract art. There were two main branches of abstract art at that time: lyrical abstraction, associated with Kandinsky, and geometric abstraction, which was Mondrian’s legacy. Other variations of abstract art have emerged from these two main categories: among the most famous ones are Guy de Rougemont’s decorative abstraction, Victor Vasarely’s optical art or “Op art” and the minimalist art of Piero Manzoni and Sol LeWitt.

Abstract artworks can be focussed on drawing out our emotions or instead appealing to our intellect. Abstract painting does not “represent” anything; rather, it invites us to reflect. The viewer apprehends an abstract piece in a different state of mind than a figurative one: we are free to use our imagination since the artwork’s meaning often depends on our own interpretation of it. Abstract art is one of the core art movements of contemporary art. Many contemporary artists today favour abstraction over realism, not only in the discipline of abstract painting but also abstract sculpture and abstract photography. In this selection, Artsper helps you get an understanding of the variety of contemporary abstract art being produced today.

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Claude  Chauchet, Abstract Composition in Yellow and Green, Painting

Claude Chauchet

Abstract Composition in Yellow and Green, 2011
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,427

Claude  Chauchet, Abstract Composition in Yellow and Blue, Painting

Claude Chauchet

Abstract Composition in Yellow and Blue, 2011
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,308

Claude  Chauchet, Abstract Composition in Orange and Green II, Painting

Claude Chauchet

Abstract Composition in Orange and Green II, 2011
51.2 x 38.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,135

Our recommendations Wilma Tabacco, Slip Side 2, Painting

Wilma Tabacco

Slip Side 2, 2003
22 x 29.9 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$3,781

Sibylle Baltzer, Untitled, Painting

Sibylle Baltzer

Untitled, 2014
63 x 55.1 x 2 inch
Painting

$5,317

Sibylle Baltzer, Untitled, Painting

Sibylle Baltzer

Untitled, 2011
11.8 x 11.8 x 2 inch
Painting

$709

Ann Thomson, Continuum 53 - Paris, Painting

Ann Thomson

Continuum 53 - Paris, 2013
20.5 x 13 inch
Painting

$827

Christian Nesler, Coquelicots aux Chateliers 2, Painting

Christian Nesler

Coquelicots aux Chateliers 2, 2013
28 x 28 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,072

Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Composition, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition, 2007
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$4,017

Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image, 1976
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$7,089

Our recommendations François Morellet, 2 trames de chevrons-négatif, Print

François Morellet

2 trames de chevrons-négatif, 1960
24.4 x 24.4 inch
Print

$1,772

Our recommendations Carlos Cruz-Diez, Serie Semana - Viernes	, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Serie Semana - Viernes , 2013
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

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Hermann Amann, Mutation du logiciel temporel polymère de l’acrylique sur la couleur, Painting

Hermann Amann

Mutation du logiciel temporel polymère de l’acrylique sur la couleur, 2008
29.5 x 41.7 inch
Painting

$9,453

Hermann Amann, Cheval de Troie, Painting

Hermann Amann

Cheval de Troie, 2009
29.5 x 41.7 inch
Painting

$9,453

Our recommendations Hermann Amann, Passage du mur de feu, Painting

Hermann Amann

Passage du mur de feu, 2008
29.5 x 41.7 inch
Painting

$9,453

Our recommendations Adam Gibbs Tjapaltjarri, Sans titre, Painting

Adam Gibbs Tjapaltjarri

Sans titre, 2010
15 x 18.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,418

Claire Moog, Esthesie 27, Painting

Claire Moog

Esthesie 27, 2015
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,063

Claire Moog, Esthesie 33, Painting

Claire Moog

Esthesie 33, 2015
63.8 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,963

Najia Mehadji, Volute, Print

Najia Mehadji

Volute, 2013
41.3 x 29.5 inch
Print

$1,713

Nagsoul, Myst #793, Drawing

Nagsoul

Myst #793, 2015
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Drawing

$709

Our recommendations Guy Mansuy, Collage construit, Painting

Guy Mansuy

Collage construit, 2013
11.8 x 9.1 inch
Painting

$3,308

Nagsoul, Multi-screen, Painting

Nagsoul

Multi-screen, 2015
19.7 x 25.6 inch
Painting

$709

Eusebio Lopez, Sin titulo, Print

Eusebio Lopez

Sin titulo, 2010
26.8 x 18.1 inch
Print

$236

Eusebio Lopez, Sin titulo, Painting

Eusebio Lopez

Sin titulo, 2014
27.6 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$2,150

Our recommendations Stéphane Ducret, Taking it all the right way, Painting

Stéphane Ducret

Taking it all the right way, 2016
81.9 x 74 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$15,951

Jane Grieco, Ibarantâ, Painting

Jane Grieco

Ibarantâ, 2015
39.4 x 82.7 inch
Painting

$1,772

Yaacov Agam, Agamograph Curv 2, Print

Yaacov Agam

Agamograph Curv 2, 1977
25.6 x 25.6 x 1.2 inch
Print

$2,245

Agnès Baudet, Jurisprudence, Painting

Agnès Baudet

Jurisprudence, 2016
47.2 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$3,072

steHp, Today, Painting

steHp

Today, 2012
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$207

steHp, Emergency, Painting

steHp

Emergency, 2015
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,004

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Operenccia, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Operenccia, 1986
40 x 66 x 1 inch
Painting

$350,000

Guillaume Lancelin, Passage bleu, Sculpture

Guillaume Lancelin

Passage bleu, 2016
52 x 13 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$7,089

Lao Sheng, Composition, Painting

Lao Sheng

Composition, 2015
36.2 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,899

Lao Sheng, Composition, Painting

Lao Sheng

Composition, 2015
36.2 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,899

Vassil Stoyev, Pyramids, Painting

Vassil Stoyev

Pyramids, 2016
23.6 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,435

Vassil Stoyev, Composition in blue I, Painting

Vassil Stoyev

Composition in blue I, 2014
24 x 26.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,017

Anne-Sophie Merat, Ainsi file la mer, Painting

Anne-Sophie Merat

Ainsi file la mer, 2016
22.8 x 22.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$5,081

Our recommendations Catherine Webb, Rotation I, Sculpture

Catherine Webb

Rotation I, 2016
11 x 6.3 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,009

Susan Bleakley, Quilted Memory, Painting

Susan Bleakley

Quilted Memory, 2015
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,477

Guy Matchoro, Round Table - Table ronde, Painting

Guy Matchoro

Round Table - Table ronde, 2015
70.9 x 70.9 x 2 inch
Painting

$10,870

Gabriele Fettolini, Quasi africano, Painting

Gabriele Fettolini

Quasi africano, 2014
11.8 x 15.7 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$1,182

Enitram, Flamenco, Painting

Enitram

Flamenco, 2016
45.7 x 35 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,899

Victoire d'Harcourt, Terre patinée, Sculpture

Victoire d'Harcourt

Terre patinée, 2016
15.7 x 13.4 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,831

Paule Riché, Tondo Cop 22 n°1, Drawing

Paule Riché

Tondo Cop 22 n°1, 2016
26 x 26 x 1.2 inch
Drawing

$1,063

Walbert Pérez, Sans titre I, Painting

Walbert Pérez

Sans titre I, 2010
31.5 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,840

Zao Wou-Ki, Ibiza, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Ibiza, 2004
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,363

Marc Lepilleur, Sans titre, Sculpture

Marc Lepilleur

Sans titre, 2015
11.4 x 5.5 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,009

Francis Glénat, Torcello, Painting

Francis Glénat

Torcello, 2017
39.4 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,418

Aaleha, Surface 5, Sculpture

Aaleha

Surface 5, 2014
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$461

Our recommendations Philippe Garnier de la Baudinière, Hommage à Maurice Ravel, Painting

Philippe Garnier de la Baudinière

Hommage à Maurice Ravel, 2017
51.2 x 63.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$6,853

Amande, Arborescence n°7, Painting

Amande

Arborescence n°7, 2014
44.9 x 57.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,127

Paradox Créations, Portobello, Sculpture

Paradox Créations

Portobello, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 x 22 inch
Sculpture

$1,654

Bertrand Riguidel, Océan(s) N°356, Painting

Bertrand Riguidel

Océan(s) N°356, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,182

Julie Mechali, Portes du Ciel, Photography

Julie Mechali

Portes du Ciel, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 0 inch
Photography

$17,724

Anne Juliette Deschamps, Mother #2, Painting

Anne Juliette Deschamps

Mother #2, 2016
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$2,363

Claire Colin-Collin, Sans titre, Painting

Claire Colin-Collin

Sans titre, 2016
21.7 x 18.1 inch
Painting

$1,772

Jean-Paul Cattin, Winter Window's serie, Photography

Jean-Paul Cattin

Winter Window's serie, 2016
57.1 x 40.2 inch
Photography

$3,131

Andrée Cazin, Embrasement, Painting

Andrée Cazin

Embrasement, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,545

Halinka Jakubowska, Accès au Secret, Sculpture

Halinka Jakubowska

Accès au Secret, 2016
11.8 x 3.9 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,245

Darío Urzay, En una fracción, Painting

Darío Urzay

En una fracción, 2017
78.7 x 78.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$29,539

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