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Abstract art

Abstract art was born at the beginning of the 20th century, more specifically between 1911 and 1917 with the work of four influential painters: Frantisek Kupka, Vassily Kandinsky, Kasimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian. Although each of these artists formulated their own vision of abstract art, a shared historical context explains the concurrent emergence of this artistic movement.

The scientific discoveries of the early 20th century completely revolutionised man's perception of the world. These artists, who were literary and cultured men, were well aware of scientific progress. As Paul Valéry put it, "in the last twenty years neither matter nor space nor time has been what it was from time immemorial". People needed a new language to both express and to comprehend this "new world".

These four artists demonstrated a keen interest in the esoteric and occult, which explains why the abstract is presented as a research of another type of truth, a way to elevate one's mind and soul towards new horizons, uncovering the deepest mysteries of humankind. The realm of music truly fascinated these artists; they identified with it and, several of them, especially Kandinsky, used it as inspiration. Music is the epitome of the imponderable and the intangible; it suggests meanings while escaping from reality at the same time.

The influence of artistic movements such as Fauvism and Cubism also served as references for the development of the abstract's aesthetic research. Abstraction did not attempt to represent the visible world, but rather to become a "visual language". However, it is essential to bear in mind that each of these four painters took a different path, and that they independently formulated their conception of abstract art.

Abstract art wanted to display an "abstract image," a non-figurative representation, outside of reality. They wanted to create art that was self-sufficient, that could look to itself to find the resources needed to support its existence. Abstract creation often required the artists to unleash their consciousness, to break free of instinctive visual associations. This approach produced powerful artworks which, although free of any literal meaning, retained the ability to provoke strong sensations and feelings in the viewer.  

The triumph of colour, of subjectivity and the lack of conventions, foreshadowed the advent of an art that was liberated and free of any restrictive conventions. Abstract art manifestos laid the foundations of its aesthetic. Kandinsky's letters to the music composer Schönberg demonstrated the porous nature of the genres at a time where serial music was emerging. Both music and painting followed a path of growing “dissonance within the arts".

These abstract artworks can demand collector to approach them in a particular. Although the interplay of shapes and colours in abstract art make it a visually accessible style, it is also important to reflect on the works more deeply. They invite the viewer to escape from reality, to consider things according to the prism of the absolute, of essence and absence. They might encourage viewers to adopt a new outlook on the world, where everything is astonishing and where our consciousness is constantly wonderstruck by the world around us.

“Art does not reproduce the visible; it makes visible." Paul Klee

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Carlos Cruz-Diez, Couleur additive série 14, Painting

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Couleur additive série 14, 2009
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$63,737

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

$1,738

Najia Mehadji, Volute, Print

Najia Mehadji

Volute, 2013
41.3 x 29.5 inch
Print

$1,680

Christian Nesler, Coquelicots aux Chateliers 2, Painting

Christian Nesler

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

$3,013

Claire Colin-Collin, Sans titre, Painting

Claire Colin-Collin

Sans titre, 2016
21.7 x 18.1 inch
Painting

$1,738

steHp, Today, Painting

steHp

Today, 2012
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$203

Nagsoul, Multi-screen, Painting

Nagsoul

Multi-screen, 2015
19.7 x 25.6 inch
Painting

$695

Our recommendations Wilma Tabacco, Slip Side 2, Painting

Wilma Tabacco

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

$3,708

Amande, Arborescence n°7, Painting

Amande

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

$2,086

Julie Mechali, Portes du Ciel, Photography

Julie Mechali

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

$17,383

Claire Moog, Esthesie 27, Painting

Claire Moog

Esthesie 27, 2015
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,043

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

$3,361

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

$776

Our recommendations Guy Mansuy, Collage construit, Painting

Guy Mansuy

Collage construit, 2013
11.8 x 9.1 inch
Painting

$3,245

Our recommendations Adam Gibbs Tjapaltjarri, Sans titre, Painting

Adam Gibbs Tjapaltjarri

Sans titre, 2010
15 x 18.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,391

Sibylle Baltzer, Untitled, Painting

Sibylle Baltzer

Untitled, 2011
11.8 x 11.8 x 2 inch
Painting

$695

Hermann Amann, Cheval de Troie, Painting

Hermann Amann

Cheval de Troie, 2009
29.5 x 41.7 inch
Painting

$9,271

Marc Lepilleur, Sans titre, Sculpture

Marc Lepilleur

Sans titre, 2015
11.4 x 5.5 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,970

Darío Urzay, En una fracción, Painting

Darío Urzay

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

$28,971

Guillaume Lancelin, Passage bleu, Sculpture

Guillaume Lancelin

Passage bleu, 2016
52 x 13 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,953

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Operenccia, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Operenccia, 1986
40 x 66 x 1 inch
Painting

$350,000

Enitram, Flamenco, Painting

Enitram

Flamenco, 2016
45.7 x 35 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,824

Claude Viallat, Sans titre (Rouge), Print

Claude Viallat

Sans titre (Rouge), 1980
30.7 x 20.1 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,136

Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Composition, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition, 2007
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$3,940

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

$6,953

Yaacov Agam, Agamograph Curv 2, Print

Yaacov Agam

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

$2,202

Mathilde de Bellecombe, Place de l'amour, Painting

Mathilde de Bellecombe

Place de l'amour, 2016
14.2 x 14.2 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$593

Our recommendations Dan Levenson, Pirmin Wunderli, Painting

Dan Levenson

Pirmin Wunderli, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Zao Wou-Ki, Ibiza, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Ibiza, 2004
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,318

Paradox Créations, Portobello, Sculpture

Paradox Créations

Portobello, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 x 22 inch
Sculpture

$1,622

Jane Grieco, Ibarantâ, Painting

Jane Grieco

Ibarantâ, 2015
39.4 x 82.7 inch
Painting

$1,738

Mario Kolaric, Fragment 66, Drawing

Mario Kolaric

Fragment 66, 2012
9.8 x 6.9 x 0 inch
Drawing

$359

Victoire d'Harcourt, Terre patinée, Sculpture

Victoire d'Harcourt

Terre patinée, 2016
15.7 x 13.4 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,796

Anne Juliette Deschamps, Mother #2, Painting

Anne Juliette Deschamps

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

$2,318

Ann Thomson, Continuum 53 - Paris, Painting

Ann Thomson

Continuum 53 - Paris, 2013
20.5 x 13 inch
Painting

$811

Philip Hearsey, No need, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

No need, 2015
6.3 x 11.8 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,260

Christian Neuman, Fire Starter, Painting

Christian Neuman

Fire Starter, 2019
59.1 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,635

Eusebio Lopez, Sin titulo, Print

Eusebio Lopez

Sin titulo, 2010
26.8 x 18.1 inch
Print

$232

Gabriele Fettolini, Quasi africano, Painting

Gabriele Fettolini

Quasi africano, 2014
11.8 x 15.7 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$1,391

Vassil Stoyev, Composition in blue I, Painting

Vassil Stoyev

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

$3,940

Vassil Stoyev, Pyramids, Painting

Vassil Stoyev

Pyramids, 2016
23.6 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,331

Eusebio Lopez, Sin titulo, Painting

Eusebio Lopez

Sin titulo, 2014
27.6 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$2,109

Nagsoul, Myst #793, Drawing

Nagsoul

Myst #793, 2015
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Drawing

$695

Martin Faure, Abstraction 1, Painting

Martin Faure

Abstraction 1, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$870

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

Bertrand Riguidel

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

$1,159

Diana Malivani, A Contrario, Painting

Diana Malivani

A Contrario, 2019
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$5,794

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

$15,824

Claire Moog, Esthesie 33, Painting

Claire Moog

Esthesie 33, 2015
63.8 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,867

Andrée Cazin, Embrasement, Painting

Andrée Cazin

Embrasement, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,477

Francis Glénat, Torcello, Painting

Francis Glénat

Torcello, 2017
39.4 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,391

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

$3,245

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

$4,056

Our recommendations Catherine Webb, Rotation I, Sculpture

Catherine Webb

Rotation I, 2016
11 x 6.3 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,970

Halinka Jakubowska, Accès au Secret, Sculpture

Halinka Jakubowska

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

$2,202

Susan Bleakley, Quilted Memory, Painting

Susan Bleakley

Quilted Memory, 2015
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,449

Lao Sheng, Composition, Painting

Lao Sheng

Composition, 2015
36.2 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,824

Lao Sheng, Composition, Painting

Lao Sheng

Composition, 2015
36.2 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,824

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

$9,271

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

$9,271

Sibylle Baltzer, Untitled, Painting

Sibylle Baltzer

Untitled, 2014
63 x 55.1 x 2 inch
Painting

$5,215

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