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Abstract Painting

Abstract painting is a form of expression which contrasts with representational art, where capturing the likeness of the subject is presented as the artist's ultimate objective. Abstract painting is in fact the very opposite of figurative art. Even if we are not able to understand the meaning behind an abstract work without additional information, it can nonetheless succeed in conveying a sense of emotion and feeling.

We tend to associate the birth of abstraction with the artist Wassily Kandinsky and the artistic revolution he initiated during the 20th century. As one of the movement's pioneers, he was at the forefront of the breakaway from representational art along with Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian and Kupka. Kandinsky not only shared his views on abstraction through his art but also in his written work. In 1910 he published his book “Concerning the Spiritual in Art" in which he defended the symbolic importance of each of the elements present in painting and which gave each artwork a spiritual dimension. In the same year, he unveiled his first abstract piece, entitled “Abstract watercolour". Abstract art was born. Figurativism had been left to one side in favour of a new movement where artists dealt directly with the intangible and immaterial, without explicitly identifying a subject matter. Several sub-genres started to emerge. Kazimir Malevich became known for his legendary 1915 painting “Black Square", followed by “White on White" in 1918, with which he laid the foundations for Suprematism. Malevich believed that a painting was composed of an ensemble of independent forces which could evolve together in the order to find a sense of harmony and equilibrium within the work. Abstraction can also take on a more lyrical form, especially when accompanied by music. Kandinsky's the “Picture with the Black Arch" is an excellent example of this. The large-scale painting was painted in 1912 and is seen as a marking the turning point for a new era in the history of art.

As well as his work on the composition of shapes and colours, Kandinsky had synesthesia. His condition can be seen as a decisive factor in triggering the artist's desire to create a new artistic language. His senses intertwined and became one, transforming sounds into shapes and colours. Kandinsky's use of colour is much more than a question of aesthetics; it was inherent to the way he perceived the world. In this abstract painting, each colour has been carefully chosen and is filled with symbolic meaning. In his abstract two-dimensional painting, Kandinsky succeeds in ensuring that the spectator can feel and hear an entire orchestra playing a Wagner opera.

Geometric abstraction both stems from and contrasts with lyrical abstraction, which geometric abstract artists summarised as “abstract landscaping". As its name suggests, this new form of abstraction is centred around the use of geometric shapes to create a sense of purity in the painting. Lines, squares, triangles and circles all collide with the use of bold, block colours on a two-dimensional surface. Kupka was one of the movement's leading figures but nonetheless did not want to be associated with it, believing that art should be the very opposite of abstract; it should be concrete and real. Alongside him, Mondrian laid the foundations for geometric abstraction with his characteristic use of neat shapes and rectangles. The artist developed his unique style by structuring his paintings around an underlying orthogonal grid and using sharp right angles.

And last but not least, it is important to remember the influence that both Robert and Sonia Delaunay had on the development of abstraction. The couple seduced the French critic and poet Guillaume Apollinaire with their circular shapes and use of colour. Apollinaire christened their art Orphism, a reference to the mythological Greek figure Orpheus as well as to the title of one of his own poems, which he felt was reminiscent of the 'luminous language' conveyed in their paintings. In this regard, Orphism seems to have more in common with lyrical rather than geometric abstraction.

Although abstract art marked a decisive break from prior artistic traditions, the movement can also be seen as the inevitable and logical result of the work and thinking of previous artists. At the start of the century the Fauvist movement explored the importance of colour, whilst the Cubists started to deconstruct shapes and play with geometry. In a similar way, German Expressionism, which was born in 1905, encouraged the idea that independent emotions, detached from reality, should be the focus of an artist's work. Thanks to abstraction, modern art has been able to excel and reach its very peak. By no longer focusing on physical subjects, artists are no longer limited to representing recognisable reality. Abstract art has a universal language to share and convey. Since its beginnings, abstraction has been significantly shared across the world and has contributed a great deal to contemporary thinking today.

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Li Dongfeng, Landscape 81, Painting

Li Dongfeng

Landscape 81, 2019
34 x 140 x 1 cm

€2,125 €2,500

Shahram Nabati, Composition II, Painting

Shahram Nabati

Composition II, 2015
120 x 120 x 2 cm


Sophie Petetin, Par ici le Bonheur, Painting

Sophie Petetin

Par ici le Bonheur, 2021
61 x 50 x 2.5 cm


Jéko, Sand, Painting


Sand, 2021
41 x 33 x 2 cm


Liora, Lumière, Painting


Lumière, 2021
50 x 50 x 4 cm


Antonino Puliafico, Riflessi di monti, Painting

Antonino Puliafico

Riflessi di monti, 2021
70 x 80 x 2 cm


Ronald Hunter, Traffic Pink, Painting

Ronald Hunter

Traffic Pink, 2021
80 x 80 x 2 cm


Nathanael Koffi, Red carpet, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

Red carpet, 2021
44.5 x 32 x 4.4 cm


Stoz, Spray Stoz 3, Painting


Spray Stoz 3, 2021
80 x 80 x 3.5 cm


Pierre Fillastre, N568, Painting

Pierre Fillastre

N568, 2021
60 x 60 cm


Aykaz Arzumanyan, Rose 466, Painting

Aykaz Arzumanyan

Rose 466, 2021
40 x 40 x 2 cm


Benoit Thiel, Ride on one, Painting

Benoit Thiel

Ride on one, 2021
73 x 60 cm


Vikenti Komitski, Untitled I, Painting

Vikenti Komitski

Untitled I, 2021
43 x 30 x 3 cm


Claude Viallat, 2010PP056, Painting

Claude Viallat

2010PP056, 2010
48 x 28 x 0.1 cm


Ninu, Alu Color, Painting


Alu Color, 2021
30 x 30 x 5 cm


Gina Vor, Prussian Blue 7, Painting

Gina Vor

Prussian Blue 7, 2021
37 x 28 x 0.2 cm


Âme Sauvage, Un jour nouveau, Painting

Âme Sauvage

Un jour nouveau, 2021
81 x 60 x 2 cm


Thérèse Bosc, Rêve II, Painting

Thérèse Bosc

Rêve II, 2021
80 x 80 cm


Jérémie Iordanoff, Untitled 769, Painting

Jérémie Iordanoff

Untitled 769, 2021
60 x 81 cm


Xavier Albert Fiala, Phoebus, Painting

Xavier Albert Fiala

Phoebus, 1945
116 x 89 x 1 cm


Goulwen (Leyto) Mahé, Sans titre, Painting

Goulwen (Leyto) Mahé

Sans titre, 2014
92 x 65 x 2 cm


Olivier Toma, S'il suffisait d'un geste d'amour !, Painting

Olivier Toma

S'il suffisait d'un geste d'amour !, 2021
40 x 90 cm


Tommaso Fattovich, Licking An Orchid, Painting

Tommaso Fattovich

Licking An Orchid, 2021
147.3 x 117 cm


Manuela Karin Knaut, Reflections, Painting

Manuela Karin Knaut

Reflections, 2021
200 x 140 cm


Marie-Edmée Séguin, Croquis, Painting

Marie-Edmée Séguin

Croquis, 2012
30 x 24 cm


Thierry Zdzieblo, ZDZ1123, Painting

Thierry Zdzieblo

ZDZ1123, 2021
60 x 160 x 2 cm


Ralph Resch, River, Painting

Ralph Resch

River, 2021
100 x 81 x 2 cm


Andrew Weir, The sleepless nites of a landlocked cosmonaut, Painting

Andrew Weir

The sleepless nites of a landlocked cosmonaut, 2021
100 x 70 x 0.01 cm


Cécile Desserle, Turbulence, Painting

Cécile Desserle

Turbulence, 2021
116 x 89 x 3 cm


B. Pàlf, Composition abstraite, Painting

B. Pàlf

Composition abstraite, 1967
80 x 59.5 x 0.5 cm


Mireille Hottinger, N2, Painting

Mireille Hottinger

N2, 2021
13 x 13 cm


David Ferreira, Mikatoto Jaune, Painting

David Ferreira

Mikatoto Jaune, 2021
80 x 80 x 3 cm


Marie-Dominique Willemot, A la Folie, Painting

Marie-Dominique Willemot

A la Folie, 2021
60 x 60 cm


Poonam Choudhary, Does this path have a heart?, Painting

Poonam Choudhary

Does this path have a heart?, 2021
76.2 x 121.9 x 5.1 cm


Safia Wosth, Dissociation 2, Painting

Safia Wosth

Dissociation 2, 2021
50 x 60 x 2 cm


Kirill Postovit, In The Forest Of A Dream, Painting

Kirill Postovit

In The Forest Of A Dream, 2021
160 x 90 x 2 cm


MacAmnaub, Composition abstraite, Painting


Composition abstraite, 1990
130 x 97 x 2 cm


Mario Henrique, Spontaneous Ballerina no. 2, Series XVIII, Painting

Mario Henrique

Spontaneous Ballerina no. 2, Series XVIII, 2021
40 x 30 x 0.1 cm


Nikolaos Schizas, From Asia with love!, Painting

Nikolaos Schizas

From Asia with love!, 2021
130 x 97 cm


Alexei Lantsev, Composition 5, Painting

Alexei Lantsev

Composition 5, 2011
92 x 92 x 1 cm

€2,250 €2,500

Thierry Corpet, Sans titre I, Painting

Thierry Corpet

Sans titre I, 2021
80 x 200 x 3.5 cm

€1,050 €1,400

Jan Wysocky, Rain, Painting

Jan Wysocky

Rain, 2021
80 x 80 x 2 cm


JP Malot, Street ghost Paris city, Painting

JP Malot

Street ghost Paris city, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm


David Jehan (B.boss), Foule multicolore, Painting

David Jehan (B.boss)

Foule multicolore, 2019
100 x 100 x 2 cm


Viktoria Ganhao, Red., Painting

Viktoria Ganhao

Red., 2021
90 x 90 x 2 cm


Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarreye, Yam Seeds in my Grandmother’s Country, Painting

Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarreye

Yam Seeds in my Grandmother’s Country, 2020
60 x 60 x 3 cm


Hazel Morris Nungarrayi, Yarungkanyi Jukurrpa (Mt Doreen Dreaming), Painting

Hazel Morris Nungarrayi

Yarungkanyi Jukurrpa (Mt Doreen Dreaming), 2020
76 x 61 cm


Gor Avetisyan, An Intense of Passion, Painting

Gor Avetisyan

An Intense of Passion, 2019
53 x 53 x 2 cm


Renjie Gao, Portrait No.3, Painting

Renjie Gao

Portrait No.3, 2021
60 x 50 x 4 cm


Brian Bartlett, Portland Bill, Painting

Brian Bartlett

Portland Bill, 2021
90 x 90 x 4 cm


Jonathan Pradillon, Matrice or orange rouge grise iridescente, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Matrice or orange rouge grise iridescente, 2021
80 x 40 x 1.5 cm


Daniela Pasqualini, Somewhere diptych -framed, Painting

Daniela Pasqualini

Somewhere diptych -framed, 2021
61 x 121.9 x 3.8 cm


Jane Grieco, Arca de Noé -, Painting

Jane Grieco

Arca de Noé -, 2021
49 x 49 x 1 cm


Ulrike Nagel, Le parfait consiste en choses rondes, Painting

Ulrike Nagel

Le parfait consiste en choses rondes, 2014
100 x 100 x 3 cm


Els Kampert, Patina 1-4, Painting

Els Kampert

Patina 1-4, 2020
60 x 60 x 3 cm


Charlotte Pivard, La grande moucherolle, Painting

Charlotte Pivard

La grande moucherolle, 2021
80 x 60 x 3 cm


Elizabeth Becker, Gesture Study No. 9, Painting

Elizabeth Becker

Gesture Study No. 9, 2020
22.9 x 30.5 cm


Marc Prat, Shade mask, Painting

Marc Prat

Shade mask, 2019
20 x 20 x 5 cm


Guillaume Vervandier, Abstraction #65, Painting

Guillaume Vervandier

Abstraction #65, 2021
80 x 80 x 1 cm


Patrick Salamone, Abstract N°75, Painting

Patrick Salamone

Abstract N°75, 2021
80 x 80 x 2.5 cm


Irene Mahon, Bulles, Painting

Irene Mahon

Bulles, 2021
50 x 61 x 1.5 cm

€408 €480

Francesca Borgo, Pathless woods, Painting

Francesca Borgo

Pathless woods, 2021
40 x 80 x 0.5 cm


Saname, 100 Titres 40, Painting


100 Titres 40, 2021
73 x 92 x 2 cm


Miri Baruch, Curiosity, Painting

Miri Baruch

Curiosity, 2021
80 x 100 x 3 cm


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