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Monochrome

Monochrome means “single colour" and traditionally follows a greyish palette. During the 20th century, monochrome became an art movement in its own right, widely accepted on the same level as portrait or landscape art.

Like “Readymades", it not only revolutionised the aesthetic practice of the art world, but also our vision of the world in general. Kazimir Malevich's “Black Square" is considered the first contemporary monochrome painting.

However, what is so effective about reducing a painting to a single colour?

Monochrome works have 2 objectives: reaching total abstraction and/or reducing painting or sculpture to their core visual properties. This is in order to focus on the physical elements of the work such as texture, form or colour.

Malevich claimed monochrome was a door leading to infinity, where infinite interpretations could arise from a single colour. Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko viewed painting as a large colourful field which allowed access to personal experiences. As a result, Rothko's work became darker over time, aiming to touch the soul of his viewer as opposed their perception. He also prefers if his works are viewed in dark rooms as it gives them more depth.

Yves Klein's monochrome series of blue was so famous, he copyrighted the colour under the name “International Klein Blue." Although his artistic career only lasted 10 years, Klein is considered a major figure of the avant garde. When viewing the Klein Blue, it is “the mind that sees with the eyes."

It was one of the main styles of art from the 1950s and 60s. While reflecting back on their work, artists like Robert Ryman or Pierre Soulages said they used monochrome without even really wanting to. At each artistic advance, monochrome was able to adapt and stay an essential tool for artists working towards redefining art.

Working with or without colour infatuated artists throughout the 20th century, eventually evolving into more abstract practices. Monochrome art remains very popular amongst contemporary artists today, and Artsper invites you to discover its most recent supporters.

Emerging artists who are exploring the creative possibilities of monochrome include, Japanese artist Miki Manibuchi, who was greatly inspired by Malevich. Additionally, Klein's influence can be seen in Laure Julien's “Blue Dream Series."

Accomplished Korean artist, Jinny Yu, draws and creates unique sculptures. The recurring theme between his works? The dark grey that borders on blackness.

Alternatively, the use of single colour can equally be seen in Kirkis Rrose's works, whose pink colour palette creates a world of baby, fuchsia and orange pinks. An artist of many talents, he draws and photographs portraits and builds flower sculptures, which are ironically entitled “here lies good taste."

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René Galassi, Calicots et Pigments Bleu Outremer, Painting

René Galassi

Calicots et Pigments Bleu Outremer, 2018
22.4 x 18.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,152

Yves Klein, Petite Vénus bleue, Sculpture

Yves Klein

Petite Vénus bleue, 2001
2.4 x 0.9 x 0 inch
Sculpture

$9,339

Our recommendations Luke Newton, Crayons Not Colts (light blue), Sculpture

Luke Newton

Crayons Not Colts (light blue), 2016
10 x 14 inch
Sculpture

$4,280

Bahman Sehatlou, Boat on the sea, Painting

Bahman Sehatlou

Boat on the sea, 2011
29.5 x 27.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,918

Walter Strack, Sans titre, Painting

Walter Strack

Sans titre, 1999
45.3 x 17.7 x 1.9 inch
Painting

$2,101

Alexandre Dalivoust, Photographik, Photography

Alexandre Dalivoust

Photographik, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$1,372

Abera Cad, Bleu 2, Painting

Abera Cad

Bleu 2, 2019
45.7 x 35 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,167

Adélaïde Marchand, Monochrome 7, Sculpture

Adélaïde Marchand

Monochrome 7, 2016
35.7 x 35.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,669

Nico Munuera, Inside landscape VIII, Painting

Nico Munuera

Inside landscape VIII, 2012
15.7 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,035

Bastien Cuenot, Le penseur, Sculpture

Bastien Cuenot

Le penseur, 2013
59.1 x 31.5 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$16,343

Jia Yuan Hua, Un-known world, Painting

Jia Yuan Hua

Un-known world, 2016
19.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,167

Ronaldo De Juan, Cuadrado naranja, Print

Ronaldo De Juan

Cuadrado naranja, 1983
27.4 x 21.1 inch
Print

$1,167

Sara Jaskiewicz, Leaves (Pink Background), Painting

Sara Jaskiewicz

Leaves (Pink Background), 2000
39.4 x 51.2 inch
Painting

$1,401

Emerich Meerson, Who is behind..., Painting

Emerich Meerson

Who is behind..., 2018
25.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,385

Alain Kujawa, Gris noir, Painting

Alain Kujawa

Gris noir, 2014
31.5 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,051

Our recommendations Adam Gibbs Tjapaltjarri, Sans titre, Painting

Adam Gibbs Tjapaltjarri

Sans titre, 2010
15 x 18.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,401

Alexane Leprieult, Téléphone rose, Photography

Alexane Leprieult

Téléphone rose, 2015
26.4 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,518

Kirkis Rrose, Mars II, Drawing

Kirkis Rrose

Mars II, 2017
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$1,751

Didier Fiúza Faustino, Domestic Landscape #1, Print

Didier Fiúza Faustino

Domestic Landscape #1, 2016
31.5 x 44.9 inch
Print

$5,837

Gabriele de Santis, Manifesto 2017, Print

Gabriele de Santis

Manifesto 2017, 2017
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$2,335

Daniel Arsham, Excavated moai at Rano Raraku, Painting

Daniel Arsham

Excavated moai at Rano Raraku, 2013
11 x 7.3 inch
Painting

$5,078

Jean-Pierre Chatelet, Marilyn Monroe d'après Andy Warhol, Painting

Jean-Pierre Chatelet

Marilyn Monroe d'après Andy Warhol, 2016
48 x 48 x 2 inch
Painting

$5,253

Kirkis Rrose, Dissolution 1, Photography

Kirkis Rrose

Dissolution 1, 2016
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$876

Margie Leo Napurrurla, Lukarrara Jukurrpa (Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming), Painting

Margie Leo Napurrurla

Lukarrara Jukurrpa (Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming), 2017
18.1 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$560

Gianfranco Migliozzi, Golf, Painting

Gianfranco Migliozzi

Golf, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 3.9 inch
Painting

$2,918

Our recommendations Stephanie Rivet, Brise marine, Painting

Stephanie Rivet

Brise marine, 2016
40.2 x 40.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$2,014 $2,685

Miki Wanibuchi, Kaohsiung 2016 Day-1, Painting

Miki Wanibuchi

Kaohsiung 2016 Day-1, 2016
50.8 x 50.8 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$6,887

Nash, Turquoise, Painting

Nash

Turquoise, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.9 inch
Painting

$1,167

Jonathan Barber, Mhuir 5, Painting

Jonathan Barber

Mhuir 5, 2018
31.1 x 23.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,986

Miki Wanibuchi, Touch the boundary, Private Zone, Painting

Miki Wanibuchi

Touch the boundary, Private Zone, 2015
51.2 x 51.2 x 1.8 inch
Painting

$6,887

Jeff Koons, Balloon Venus - Dom Perignon, Sculpture

Jeff Koons

Balloon Venus - Dom Perignon, 2013
24.2 x 14 x 12.8 inch
Sculpture

$100,975

Our recommendations Cade, Jeune femme au poisson, Sculpture

Cade

Jeune femme au poisson, 2018
12.6 x 11.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$10,039

Tanc, Untitled - Lyrics Series, Painting

Tanc

Untitled - Lyrics Series, 2013
53.1 x 47.2 x 2 inch
Painting

$8,346

Stephen Maine, HP13-1113, Painting

Stephen Maine

HP13-1113, 2013
35.8 x 29.9 inch
Painting

$5,297

Jérôme Legrand, Sans titre, Painting

Jérôme Legrand

Sans titre, 2016
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$817

Walter Strack, 09-H-BL-109-210, Painting

Walter Strack

09-H-BL-109-210, 2009
43.3 x 82.7 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$7,588

Anet Duncan, Amb la ma esquerra, Painting

Anet Duncan

Amb la ma esquerra, 2014
35.4 x 35.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,385

Walter Strack, Sans titre, Painting

Walter Strack

Sans titre, 2012
47.2 x 31.5 x 1.8 inch
Painting

$3,035

Roger König, 1176 abstract elegance wall, Painting

Roger König

1176 abstract elegance wall, 2017
51.2 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$6,420

Yann Merran, Burano, Photography

Yann Merran

Burano, 2012
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$58

Debra Ramsay, Color of Place. Lotus, Painting

Debra Ramsay

Color of Place. Lotus, 2018
28.5 x 19.5 x 0.75 inch
Painting

$3,708

Capucine Bourcart, Monochrome white, Photography

Capucine Bourcart

Monochrome white, 2012
9.75 x 11 inch
Photography

$110

Capucine Bourcart, Monochrome black, Photography

Capucine Bourcart

Monochrome black, 2012
9.75 x 11 inch
Photography

$110

Capucine Bourcart, Monochrome red, Photography

Capucine Bourcart

Monochrome red, 2012
9.75 x 11 inch
Photography

$110

Capucine Bourcart, Monochrome blue, Photography

Capucine Bourcart

Monochrome blue, 2012
9.75 x 11 inch
Photography

$110

Brent Hallard, Mailer Green, Painting

Brent Hallard

Mailer Green, 2010
9.1 x 12 inch
Painting

$728

Claire Charousset, Because I love you, Painting

Claire Charousset

Because I love you, 2018
45.7 x 35 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,055

Tilman, HOC 44.09, Painting

Tilman

HOC 44.09, 2009
11.8 x 11.8 x 5.1 inch
Painting

$3,377

Pascal Pilate, Circle purple, Painting

Pascal Pilate

Circle purple, 2016
50 x 50 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$8,989

Oriol Texidor, Immersió 001, Painting

Oriol Texidor

Immersió 001, 2018
16.5 x 11.4 inch
Painting

$1,459

Sovann Nou, Untitled 27, Painting

Sovann Nou

Untitled 27, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,619

Davide Martinazzo, Se puoi, Sculpture

Davide Martinazzo

Se puoi, 2018
31.5 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$3,269

Laurent Chabot, New York 2, Painting

Laurent Chabot

New York 2, 2012
59.1 x 70.9 x 2 inch
Painting

$6,420

Denis Marcon, Précieuse, Painting

Denis Marcon

Précieuse, 2018
37.4 x 37.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$15,175

Denis Marcon, Wonderland, Painting

Denis Marcon

Wonderland, 2018
37.4 x 37.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$15,993

Jinny Yu, Non-painting painting (Musa), Drawing

Jinny Yu

Non-painting painting (Musa), 2012
17.7 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$2,400

Alain Kujawa, NYC Noir, Painting

Alain Kujawa

NYC Noir, 2014
47.2 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$2,802

Valerie Marty, Piaf Turquoise, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf Turquoise, 2018
6.5 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

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Our recommendations Liora, Marina 10, Painting

Liora

Marina 10, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

Sold out

JBesset, Vivre et plus survivre, Painting

JBesset

Vivre et plus survivre, 2016
45.7 x 35 x 1.2 inch
Painting

Sold out

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