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Art and Architecture

Art and architecture share many similarities. They've influenced one another throughout history. However, trying to liken these two disciplines will inevitably lead to certain contractions.

Perhaps the biggest difference is that Art, in its broadest sense, is defined as a creation meant to trigger an emotional response which is generally related to aesthetic pleasure. It doesn't satisfy any of life's basic needs, but it leads to thoughts, reflections, and often taps into our subconscious and our memory. On the other hand, architecture's primary purpose is to shelter individuals and ensure their safety. Architecture is meant to serve a utilitarian purpose.

Today, architecture has gone far beyond this initial function. Architects have strived to combine engineering and aesthetic research to create buildings that are so out of the ordinary we wonder how they were designed. They want their creations to stand out and favour originality and creativity. Just like in arts, architecture is influenced by the historical, social, and political context of the time and each movement has its own characteristics, from baroque to futurism to Bauhaus. Modern architecture marked a turn in the history of architecture. Architects revolutionised the social scope of their discipline and took an industrialist approach to society and nature — avant-garde architects rubbed shoulders with artists such as Georges Braque, Piet Mondrian, and members of the De Stijl group. Le Corbusier is a pioneer in collective housing, and also took part in ambitious projects which aimed to rebuild entire cities, such as Chandigarh in India. Decorative arts also developed by taking inspiration from the conventions that governed modernist architecture.

Contemporary architecture might not be a specific movement per se, but buildings that fall into this category share certain attributes. Contemporary architecture is characterised by curvy lines and various volumes in a single structure, as seen with the Sydney Opera House. The architect Jørn Utzon explained that he didn't seek to create a building for this project, but an actual sculpture. The building continually renews itself with new meanings and experiences for each passerby. Architectural works often require periods of deep reflection and a long though process in order for the architect to envisage how to give their building a sense of character and soul.

Whether architecture is an art or not is a never ending debate, but it is undeniable that there are strong links between the two disciplines. There are many examples of collaborations between contemporary artists and architects, and today the works of the greatest architects are exhibited in museums along with their fellow artists.

Discover our selections of artworks inspired by art and architecture!

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Jaione García, Urban Beehive II, Photography

Jaione García

Urban Beehive II, 2015
9.4 x 14.2 inch
Photography

$230

Elisa Haberer, Plongeurs, Photography

Elisa Haberer

Plongeurs, 2008
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$3,916

Stéphane Compoint, Vue de la Tour Eiffel by Stéphane Compoint, Photography

Stéphane Compoint

Vue de la Tour Eiffel by Stéphane Compoint, 2009
19.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,037

Vladimir Bazan, Paris - Jardin des Tuileries, Photography

Vladimir Bazan

Paris - Jardin des Tuileries, 2010
21.7 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$2,131

Mariusz Szalajdewicz, Wroclaw - the Town Hall, Drawing

Mariusz Szalajdewicz

Wroclaw - the Town Hall, 2010
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Drawing

$288

Bruno Fontana, Typologies : Intérieurs, Photography

Bruno Fontana

Typologies : Intérieurs, 2015
78.7 x 78.7 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$8,062

Patrick Cornillet, Jetée 2, Painting

Patrick Cornillet

Jetée 2, 2013
39 x 55.1 x 2 inch
Painting

$6,795

Anaïs Legeay, Lines 1, Photography

Anaïs Legeay

Lines 1, 2014
11.8 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$114

El Salvadoreno, Paris Roof Point of View, Photography

El Salvadoreno

Paris Roof Point of View, 2016
27.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$230

Renaud  Bargues, Architecture, Drawing

Renaud Bargues

Architecture, 2013
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$1,343

Joshua Smith, Black Shadow Trading Company, Sculpture

Joshua Smith

Black Shadow Trading Company, 2015
14 x 12 x 12 inch
Sculpture

$9,790

Camille Hervouet, Maison, Photography

Camille Hervouet

Maison, 2006
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$1,958

Hervé Audouin, Madrid, Photography

Hervé Audouin

Madrid, 2013
19.7 x 29.5 inch
Photography

$691

James Sebright, Construction, Photography

James Sebright

Construction, 2012
16.9 x 24 inch
Photography

$806

Guillaume Herbaut, Tchernobyl, Photography

Guillaume Herbaut

Tchernobyl, 2009
23.6 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$4,607

Gottfried Salzmann, Figure "New York", Print

Gottfried Salzmann

Figure "New York", 2014
20.1 x 14.6 inch
Print

$392

Gottfried Salzmann, New York by Night, Print

Gottfried Salzmann

New York by Night, 2015
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Print

$518

Feng Hatat, Ombre et lumière III, Photography

Feng Hatat

Ombre et lumière III, 2014
18.9 x 12.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$461

Lauric Gourbal, Salon de thé, Photography

Lauric Gourbal

Salon de thé, 2018
19.7 x 29.5 x 0 inch
Photography

$219

Thomas Lamadieu, Séoul, Photography

Thomas Lamadieu

Séoul, 2016
39.4 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$609

David Walker, The National Theatre, Painting

David Walker

The National Theatre, 2016
47.2 x 47.2 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$5,641

David Walker, Transient Complexity, Painting

David Walker

Transient Complexity, 2016
23.6 x 23.6 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$1,813

Our recommendations Roger Schall, Le Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1930, Photography

Roger Schall

Le Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1930, 2015
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$921

Roger Schall, Arrivée à New York du Normandie 1, Photography

Roger Schall

Arrivée à New York du Normandie 1, 1935
11 x 10.2 inch
Photography

$691

Roger Schall, La Fontaine Charlemagne, Paris, 1930, Photography

Roger Schall

La Fontaine Charlemagne, Paris, 1930, 2015
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$921

Thomas Lamadieu, Hambourg III, Photography

Thomas Lamadieu

Hambourg III, 2015
29.5 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$518 $609

Elisa Haberer, Un été à Pékin, Photography

Elisa Haberer

Un été à Pékin, 2007
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$3,916

Jaione García, Urban Beehive III, Photography

Jaione García

Urban Beehive III, 2015
9.4 x 14.2 inch
Photography

$230

Fabien Vieilletoile, Ascenseur Pédestre, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Ascenseur Pédestre, 2012
36.6 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,025

Fabien Vieilletoile, Double roof, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Double roof, 2013
36.6 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,025

Fabien Vieilletoile, Autown, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Autown, 2012
25.6 x 98.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,359

Dominique Clerc, Paysage Intérieur 02, Photography

Dominique Clerc

Paysage Intérieur 02, 2011
35.4 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,879

Anaïs Legeay, Inside Factory 2, Photography

Anaïs Legeay

Inside Factory 2, 2014
11.8 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$114

Anaïs Legeay, Confession 6, Photography

Anaïs Legeay

Confession 6, 2014
11.8 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$114

Vladimir Bazan, New York, Photography

Vladimir Bazan

New York, 2010
17.3 x 11 inch
Photography

$1,497

Vladimir Bazan, Chicago, Photography

Vladimir Bazan

Chicago, 2010
39.4 x 24.8 inch
Photography

$2,142

Fabien Vieilletoile, Fucking little town, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Fucking little town, 2013
36.6 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,025

Stasele Jakunskaite, Planetarium, Drawing

Stasele Jakunskaite

Planetarium, 2017
8.3 x 11.4 inch
Drawing

$230

Sean MacLeod, Arabesque, Photography

Sean MacLeod

Arabesque, 2002
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,728

Sean MacLeod, Rockefeller Center, Photography

Sean MacLeod

Rockefeller Center, 1998
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,728

Our recommendations Bruno Fontana, Typologies : Maisons Meunier, Photography

Bruno Fontana

Typologies : Maisons Meunier, 2015
78.7 x 78.7 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$8,062

Reza Khatir, Oblivion 3, Photography

Reza Khatir

Oblivion 3, 2006
11.8 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$835

Enrique Etievan, La belle époque sans TV, Painting

Enrique Etievan

La belle époque sans TV, 2015
39.4 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,455

Yves Allègre, Apple NY, Sculpture

Yves Allègre

Apple NY, 2017
41.3 x 36.6 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,837

Danuta Tatar-Grzesiak, The building of Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts (Zacheta), Drawing

Danuta Tatar-Grzesiak

The building of Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts (Zacheta), 2009
11.8 x 7.9 inch
Drawing

$288

Jimmy de Bock, Tate Museum, Photography

Jimmy de Bock

Tate Museum, 2009
55.1 x 55.1 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$7,947

Jimmy de Bock, L'ultime atome, Photography

Jimmy de Bock

L'ultime atome, 2013
55.1 x 55.1 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$7,947

Karel de Gendre, New York Grand Central, Photography

Karel de Gendre

New York Grand Central, 2010
31.5 x 43.3 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$4,953

Guillaume Lachapelle, Sans titre, Sculpture

Guillaume Lachapelle

Sans titre, 2015
7.5 x 20.1 x 20.1 inch
Sculpture

$14,300

Luo Dan, 13 May 2006, Three Gorges FengJie ChongQing 6#, Photography

Luo Dan

13 May 2006, Three Gorges FengJie ChongQing 6#, 2006
37.8 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$6,335

Guillaume Lachapelle, Passage, Sculpture

Guillaume Lachapelle

Passage, 2014
5.9 x 4.7 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,800

Our recommendations Luo Dan, 13 May 2006, Three Gorges FengJie ChongQing 5# , Photography

Luo Dan

13 May 2006, Three Gorges FengJie ChongQing 5# , 2006
37.8 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$6,335

Reza Khatir, Oblivion 20, Photography

Reza Khatir

Oblivion 20, 2008
11.8 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$835

Guillaumette Duplaix, Studio, Photography

Guillaumette Duplaix

Studio, 2013
23.6 x 26.4 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$4,031

James Sebright, Beyond These City Walls, Photography

James Sebright

Beyond These City Walls, 2012
31.5 x 37.8 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,134

James Sebright, Junction, Photography

James Sebright

Junction, 2012
16.9 x 24 inch
Photography

$806

José Domínguez, Untitled, Painting

José Domínguez

Untitled, 2016
39.4 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,612 $2,304

YZ (Yzeult), Lost in the city - Paris , Painting

YZ (Yzeult)

Lost in the city - Paris , 2014
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Julien  Cresp, Sanctuaire #3, Photography

Julien Cresp

Sanctuaire #3, 2015
31.5 x 47.2 x 2 inch
Photography

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Julien  Cresp, Sanctuaire # 2, Photography

Julien Cresp

Sanctuaire # 2, 2015
31.5 x 47.2 x 2 inch
Photography

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