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Perfect Symmetry

We all remember studying symmetry at school: practicing folding a shape along an axis, so the two halves match up.


Whether it's the wings of a butterfly, a leaf from a tree, an individual snowflake or a flawless face; symmetry is truly everywhere. Artists have always been inspired by nature and their surroundings, and like the varying depictions of nature throughout art history, artists have been equally inspired by symmetry in their respective movements.


Since the 17th century, “French formal garden" landscapers have applied mathematical laws of symmetry when designing gardens. They create an axis that crosses the length of the garden, from which they draw diagonal and perpendicular axes in order to organise the distribution of plants. Box hedges and planting beds are resized into perfectly symmetrical shapes, which can be seen in the reigning example of French formal gardening; Versailles. As a result, an incredible sense of harmony is created, and is still achieved today through Le Notre's genius landscaping strategies. The Garden “à la française" evolved from the French Renaissance garden, a style which was inspired by the Italian Renaissance garden at the beginning of the 16th century. The gardens were designed to represent the two ideals of the Renaissance; harmony and order.


Symmetry has transcended the boundaries of time, location and religion, where even the most famous structures in the world observe strict perspective and symmetry rules. The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is over 4500 years old, and yet its square foundation was still built on 4 axes of symmetry. Meanwhile the Taj Mahal in India was also planned with an emphasis on bilateral symmetry, running along a central axis of the main features. Bilateral symmetry emphasises ideas of pairing, and reflects intellectual and spiritual notions of universal harmony.


Some film directors swear by a symmetrical plan when creating a movie, which can be seen in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and Darjeeling Limited or Stanley Kubrick's The Shining and A Clockwork Orange.  Symmetry has undoubtedly inspired all areas of the arts, and is especially prevalent in painting and photography, where it brings a long sought after harmony to the works.


French artist and symmetry enthousiast, Angélique Robin, produces drawings that can take up to 12-30 hours to complete. Her series, Meat, was created with felt pen and Chinese black ink. Her kaleidoscopic images are inspired by photos of corpses, naked women and pieces of meat. It is as though she is projecting her works into an alternate dimension, where she seeks to materialise ideas of perversion, corruption and lust.


Photographer, Oliver Pinchart, captures shots of buildings like the Picasso Museum and the Place des Victoires in Paris. He then deforms and manipulates these images along two vertical and horizontal axes. This allows him to achieve similar visual effects to sci-fi films such as Christopher Nolan's, Inception.

Let yourself be enchanted by the laws of symmetry through our unique selection of works which includes, paintings, photographs and drawings. Find the work of internationally renowned artists such as Vasarely, Philippe Decrausat and Invader on Artsper now.

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Victor Vasarely, Bianco, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Bianco, 1987
52 x 52 x 1 inch
Painting

$300,000

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Couleur additive série 14, Painting

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Couleur additive série 14, 2009
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$63,845

Jean-Paul Carbonel, Faisceau cercles VI, Painting

Jean-Paul Carbonel

Faisceau cercles VI, 2007
33.5 x 49.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,366

Our recommendations Pius Fox, Schattenspiegelung, Painting

Pius Fox

Schattenspiegelung, 2013
51.2 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$7,661

Our recommendations Philippe Decrauzat, Delay (square on the angles to white / 24), Painting

Philippe Decrauzat

Delay (square on the angles to white / 24), 2017
84.3 x 84.3 inch
Painting

$57,808

Alberonero, Vuoto, Sculpture

Alberonero

Vuoto, 2018
47.2 x 47.2 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,504

Phil Skolle, Clean and cold, Print

Phil Skolle

Clean and cold, 2014
27.6 x 41.3 x 1.2 inch
Print

$2,554

Hei Yue, Ciel Terre Humain, Photography

Hei Yue

Ciel Terre Humain, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,277

René Lamoureux, Géométrie, Painting

René Lamoureux

Géométrie, 1970
22.8 x 44.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,206

Our recommendations Richard Anuszkiewicz, Untitled - Blue II, Print

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Untitled - Blue II, 1991
32 x 37 inch
Print

$3,000

Carlos Amorales, Mariposas Negras 1, Print

Carlos Amorales

Mariposas Negras 1, 2008
44.9 x 34.6 inch
Print

$1,741

Our recommendations Pierre Barbrel, XV - Le Diable, Photography

Pierre Barbrel

XV - Le Diable, 2015
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$551

Marta Marcé, Now & Ever # 49, Painting

Marta Marcé

Now & Ever # 49, 2015
21.7 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$3,250

Jimmy de Bock, Walking 1, Photography

Jimmy de Bock

Walking 1, 2011
19.7 x 29.5 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$2,322

Jules Engel, Golden X, Painting

Jules Engel

Golden X, 1970
12 x 12 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$2,500

Joel Kuntz, Globobot.NYC01, Photography

Joel Kuntz

Globobot.NYC01, 2014
53 x 30.7 inch
Photography

$4,500

Espen Rasmussen, Pain, Photography

Espen Rasmussen

Pain, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,277

Bakner, Carré Virtuel Mauve, Photography

Bakner

Carré Virtuel Mauve, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$2,786

Angélique Robin, Eve, Drawing

Angélique Robin

Eve, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Drawing

$929

Olivier Pinchart, Paris-Place des Victoire, Photography

Olivier Pinchart

Paris-Place des Victoire, 2016
24.8 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$2,438

Salvador Dali, Sa symétrie n'appartenait ni au hasard ni à la nature, Print

Salvador Dali

Sa symétrie n'appartenait ni au hasard ni à la nature, 1973
24.4 x 17.3 inch
Print

$4,527

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Sitges 4, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Sitges 4, 2012
39.4 x 9.8 inch
Print

$4,063

Victor Vasarely, Untitled from Permutations (Squares), Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled from Permutations (Squares), 1968
27 x 27 inch
Print

$2,800

Yaacov Agam, Stars of Hope. Bicentennial, Print

Yaacov Agam

Stars of Hope. Bicentennial, 1976
12.6 x 38.6 x 2.8 inch
Print

$1,033

Our recommendations Dan Levenson, Pirmin Wunderli, Painting

Dan Levenson

Pirmin Wunderli, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Renata Bliggensdorfer, Painting

Dan Levenson

Renata Bliggensdorfer, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Damien Hirst, I Love You, Print

Damien Hirst

I Love You, 2015
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$13,814

Franck Doat, Collection Nice Autrement Spirituelle, Photography

Franck Doat

Collection Nice Autrement Spirituelle, 2011
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,438

Franck Doat, Collection "Paris Autrement", Photography

Franck Doat

Collection "Paris Autrement", 2012
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,902

Alex Konahin, Le Papillon - The Butterfly, Drawing

Alex Konahin

Le Papillon - The Butterfly, 2012
18.1 x 13 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$1,857

Alexandre Dalivoust, Photographik, Photography

Alexandre Dalivoust

Photographik, 2017
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$807

Barbara Todd, Cinema Art, River Street, Troy, NY, March 27, Painting

Barbara Todd

Cinema Art, River Street, Troy, NY, March 27, 2015
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$1,600

Our recommendations Reinhard Gorner, Assemblée Nationale Il, Paris, Photography

Reinhard Gorner

Assemblée Nationale Il, Paris, 2018
50 x 62.6 inch
Photography

$4,875

Reinhard Gorner, Sainte Geneviève Library, Paris, Photography

Reinhard Gorner

Sainte Geneviève Library, Paris, 2018
50 x 59.4 inch
Photography

$4,875

Nicolas Rouah, Target, Painting

Nicolas Rouah

Target, 2012
47.2 x 47.2 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,786

Grégoire Murith, Série Jouet N°5, Painting

Grégoire Murith

Série Jouet N°5, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$586

Grégoire Murith, Série Jouet N°4, Painting

Grégoire Murith

Série Jouet N°4, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$586

Marcin Kowalik, Studio, Painting

Marcin Kowalik

Studio, 2019
78.7 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$6,617

Sean MacLeod, Arabesque, Photography

Sean MacLeod

Arabesque, 2002
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,741

Clément Reisky, Nouvelle cathédrale, Photography

Clément Reisky

Nouvelle cathédrale, 2013
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,966

Ramón David Morales, El Mihrab de mi pueblo, AL-Ándalus, Painting

Ramón David Morales

El Mihrab de mi pueblo, AL-Ándalus, 2015
57.5 x 44.9 inch
Painting

$4,063

Roman Koenig, Urbanisme en Fusion 2, Print

Roman Koenig

Urbanisme en Fusion 2, 2017
35.4 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Print

$2,089

Predrag Pajdic, None that exist can perish, Photography

Predrag Pajdic

None that exist can perish, 2015
20.9 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,277

Max Boufathal, Le serment d'Épictète #6, Sculpture

Max Boufathal

Le serment d'Épictète #6, 2017
33.5 x 30.3 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,857

Maxime Piccoli, Roger, Sculpture

Maxime Piccoli

Roger, 2017
13 x 13.8 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,902

Tony Ellwood, In No Time #11, Photography

Tony Ellwood

In No Time #11, 2012
29.9 x 39.8 inch
Photography

$1,509

Our recommendations José Manuel Ballester, Puente Dujiangyan, Photography

José Manuel Ballester

Puente Dujiangyan, 2011
70.9 x 106.3 inch
Photography

$29,601

Marta Marcé, Now & Ever # 51, Painting

Marta Marcé

Now & Ever # 51, 2015
21.7 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$3,250

Angélique Robin, Kitty, the forbidden meat, Drawing

Angélique Robin

Kitty, the forbidden meat, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Drawing

$813

Angélique Robin, Lust, Drawing

Angélique Robin

Lust, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Drawing

$696

Victor Vasarely, Dia-or, Print

Victor Vasarely

Dia-or, 1970
22 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Angelo Pioppo, Hell, Photography

Angelo Pioppo

Hell, 2017
9.4 x 12 x 0 inch
Photography

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Yaacov Agam, Vertical orchestration. Gold series, Print

Yaacov Agam

Vertical orchestration. Gold series, 1979
36.2 x 16.9 x 1.2 inch
Print

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Okuda, + Eye Mask (I), Painting

Okuda

+ Eye Mask (I), 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Painting

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