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Abstract Drawing

The start of the 20th century was an incredibly promising time for Western societies. Major technological and industrial breakthroughs brought about key societal changes and revolutionised the daily lives of entire populations. The two World Wars devastated the world during the first half of the 20th century and deeply scarred the generations who lived through them. Their violence had a profound influence on the art movements of the time.

Within art and literature, artists started to move away from rational thinking. In art, new movements emerged which completely broke away from traditional artistic conventions, including Surrealism, Dadaism, Figurative art, Expressionism, Cubism and also Abstract Art.

The first abstract tendencies were seen in Germany with Wilhem Worringer, who used abstract art, more specifically geometric shapes, as the means to express and portray his fears. Fauve artists had already used pure colours but this technique became even more commonplace in abstract works. The invention of photography also had a key impact on painters as it meant that they became less concerned about their work being realistic. The origins of the abstract movement are difficult to pin down as its several initiatives developed at the same time in several different countries, without any kind of dialogue unifying them.

It was a watercolour by Vassily Kandinsky, the figurehead of the abstract movement, which triggered the shift in artistic attitudes. Like a piece of cacophonous music, shapes and colours create a sense of movement in his abstracts paintings, communicating specific emotions. From this point on, new artists concentrated on trying to depict a ‘contraction of reality’, by simplifying shapes and drawing nothing more than its essence or the underlying idea.

Piet Mondrian decided to work with geometric shapes. As for Malévich, he chose to showcase the invisible in his highly symbolic and spiritual works, including his most famous painting ‘Black Square.’ In his own unique way, Jackson Pollock created nearly 700 impressive modern paintings. His brush rarely ever touching the canvas as he preferred the pouring technique, which involves pouring paint directly onto the painting from a paint pot or stick.

Just like oil painting or abstract sculpture, abstract drawing can come in various different forms. On Artsper, you will find a collection of works made with ink, gouache, watercolour, pen, charcoal, thin lead pencils or felt-tip pens and often on paper. Similar to painting, abstract drawing can highlight shapes, textures, lines or colours. What the artists decide to focus on is dependent on their artistic vision.

Discover abstract drawings by the abstract artists Paul Jenkins, Ellen Priest and Abigail Lazkoz on Artsper.
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Camille Hilaire, Le York de Jean-Paul, Fine Art Drawings

Camille Hilaire

Le York de Jean-Paul, 1980
10 x 14 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$371

Leo Guida, Wood and Enalem, Fine Art Drawings

Leo Guida

Wood and Enalem, 1980
31 x 19 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,175

Kirill Postovit, The Floral Dream, Fine Art Drawings

Kirill Postovit

The Floral Dream, 2021
31 x 24 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$210

Toma Jankowski, Alpha (du Centaure), Fine Art Drawings

Toma Jankowski

Alpha (du Centaure), 2021
35.5 x 25.5 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,731

Linda Bachammar Clerget, Devenir Feuille, Fine Art Drawings

Linda Bachammar Clerget

Devenir Feuille, 2018
40 x 60 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$989

Vitaliy Lishko, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Vitaliy Lishko

Untitled, 2021
21 x 15 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$130 $185

Alejandro Moretti, The Sunrise I, Fine Art Drawings

Alejandro Moretti

The Sunrise I, 2021
30 x 42 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$360

Ian Hornak, Untitled (Landscape with Rocks), Fine Art Drawings

Ian Hornak

Untitled (Landscape with Rocks), 1973
55.9 x 76.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$12,995

Arthur Hent, Self-Portrait 21.75, Fine Art Drawings

Arthur Hent

Self-Portrait 21.75, 2021
42 x 29.7 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$284

Elena Myasnikova, Lacy Tales, Fine Art Drawings

Elena Myasnikova

Lacy Tales, 2021
69 x 49 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$618

William Goliasch, L'oeuf, Fine Art Drawings

William Goliasch

L'oeuf, 1967
53 x 39 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$794

Jesy Acosta, Tangled Web, Fine Art Drawings

Jesy Acosta

Tangled Web, 2020
45.7 x 60.9 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,830

Alexandre Taillandier, Rue Mony, Fine Art Drawings

Alexandre Taillandier

Rue Mony, 2019
20 x 20 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$519

Leonardo Fernandez Della Pietra (Lolo), Retratos #66, Fine Art Drawings

Leonardo Fernandez Della Pietra (Lolo)

Retratos #66, 2010
15 x 10 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$371

Eve Saint Jean, La Descente de croix, Étude d'ombres, Fine Art Drawings

Eve Saint Jean

La Descente de croix, Étude d'ombres, 2020
20.3 x 15.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$400

Hydrane, Tsunami BW, Fine Art Drawings

Hydrane

Tsunami BW, 2021
65 x 50 x 4 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$18,548

Florim Hasani, Zjarr, Fine Art Drawings

Florim Hasani

Zjarr, 2017
32 x 24 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$433

Deborah Sipple, Watermelon, Fine Art Drawings

Deborah Sipple

Watermelon, 2016
17.8 x 17.8 x 5.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$800

Sandra Szaja, White Lady, Fine Art Drawings

Sandra Szaja

White Lady, 2021
65 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,237

Haruhiko Sunagawa, Transition, Fine Art Drawings

Haruhiko Sunagawa

Transition, 1984
66 x 50 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,226

Catarina Rosa, Orbita Isochronie, Fine Art Drawings

Catarina Rosa

Orbita Isochronie, 2018
23 x 26 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$989

Antony Squizzato, Cœur tendre, Fine Art Drawings

Antony Squizzato

Cœur tendre, 2021
40 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$433

Pierre Alechinsky, Restez assis, Fine Art Drawings

Pierre Alechinsky

Restez assis, 1982
22 x 26.5 x 3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$15,457

Philippe Buil, Ombre Clochette, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Buil

Ombre Clochette, 2018
50 x 65 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$433

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre ref (303), Fine Art Drawings

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre ref (303), 2017
35 x 35 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$730

Max Ernst, Un Acteur de Talent - Original Frottage, Fine Art Drawings

Max Ernst

Un Acteur de Talent - Original Frottage, 1972
36 x 28 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$40,807

Mathilde de Bellecombe, Falaises, Fine Art Drawings

Mathilde de Bellecombe

Falaises, 2013
10 x 10 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$161

Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Tempo coloratour, Fine Art Drawings

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Tempo coloratour, 2019
100 x 70 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,385

Philippe  Hiquily, Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Hiquily

Composition, 1961
55 x 44 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$11,129

Jiao Jia Ou Yang, Bonheur, Fine Art Drawings

Jiao Jia Ou Yang

Bonheur, 2020
20 x 20 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$408

Fabienne Ribeyrolles, Osmose, Fine Art Drawings

Fabienne Ribeyrolles

Osmose, 2018
56 x 42 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$742

André Bielen, Synopsie 0561, Fine Art Drawings

André Bielen

Synopsie 0561, 2015
73 x 56 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$927

Benoît Mauduech, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Benoît Mauduech

Sans titre, 2019
21 x 29.7 x 3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$396

Tania Dibbs, Bramble, Fine Art Drawings

Tania Dibbs

Bramble, 2018
175.3 x 104.1 x 5.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$16,000

Pauline Guerrier, Oeuvre sur papier ancien, Fine Art Drawings

Pauline Guerrier

Oeuvre sur papier ancien, 2020
49 x 36 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$742

Tracey Adams, Balancing Act 2, Fine Art Drawings

Tracey Adams

Balancing Act 2, 2016
66 x 50.8 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,872

Quik (Lin Felton), Marbles, Fine Art Drawings

Quik (Lin Felton)

Marbles, 2020
28 x 38 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$470

Hervé Ringer, Sans Titre (DED467011), Fine Art Drawings

Hervé Ringer

Sans Titre (DED467011), 2020
30 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$173

Wifredo Lam, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Wifredo Lam

Untitled, 1941
21.9 x 16.9 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$39,570

Frédéric Dégranges, Invisible 12, Fine Art Drawings

Frédéric Dégranges

Invisible 12, 2018
45 x 45 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$3,215

Philippe Cognée, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Cognée

Sans titre, 2012
21 x 12 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$866

Speedy Graphito, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Speedy Graphito

Sans titre, 2005
18 x 18 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$618

ARySQUE, Les Métamorphoses d’Ovide. Genèse. Mise en harmonie du chaos., Fine Art Drawings

ARySQUE

Les Métamorphoses d’Ovide. Genèse. Mise en harmonie du chaos., 2019
26 x 18 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$334

Richard Caldicott, Untitled (Id. 386), Fine Art Drawings

Richard Caldicott

Untitled (Id. 386), 2014
29.7 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,800

EMPHI, Pattern, Fine Art Drawings

EMPHI

Pattern, 2020
35 x 35 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$742

Rolf Julius, Untitled (14), Fine Art Drawings

Rolf Julius

Untitled (14), 2005
33.5 x 26.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,855

František Kupka, Black Geometrical Composition, Fine Art Drawings

František Kupka

Black Geometrical Composition, 1950
21 x 17 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$11,747

Giorgio Griffa, Rosso sotto, Fine Art Drawings

Giorgio Griffa

Rosso sotto, 1998
69 x 86.5 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$9,769

Gregor Hildebrandt, In den eigenen vier Wänden wir müssen uns verschwenden, Fine Art Drawings

Gregor Hildebrandt

In den eigenen vier Wänden wir müssen uns verschwenden, 2008
304.8 x 182.9 x 7.6 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$49,000

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano 23: Arturo and Elio, Thinking Out Loud, Fine Art Drawings

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano 23: Arturo and Elio, Thinking Out Loud, 2014
81.3 x 81.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$12,960

Antonio Vangelli, Abstract sketch, Fine Art Drawings

Antonio Vangelli

Abstract sketch, 1944
17 x 24.5 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$346

David Stephen Johnson, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

David Stephen Johnson

Untitled, 2020
76.2 x 55.9 x 1.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$900

Christelle Link, L’Arbre Chamanique, Fine Art Drawings

Christelle Link

L’Arbre Chamanique, 2019
29 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$263 $309

Louie Talents, Visual Diary 19: red small serie 2, Fine Art Drawings

Louie Talents

Visual Diary 19: red small serie 2, 2018
15 x 10.5 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$495

Nadya Bertaux, Le sommeil du vent 1, Fine Art Drawings

Nadya Bertaux

Le sommeil du vent 1, 2012
23 x 23 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$804

Enrico Paulucci, The Beach, Fine Art Drawings

Enrico Paulucci

The Beach, 1965
31.5 x 43.5 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,237

Tommaso Cascella, Musical Notes, Fine Art Drawings

Tommaso Cascella

Musical Notes, 2009
33.5 x 26 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$556

Pierre Auville, Deep Horizon, Fine Art Drawings

Pierre Auville

Deep Horizon, 2015
89 x 100 x 8 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,880

Jean Feinberg, DD2.15, Fine Art Drawings

Jean Feinberg

DD2.15, 2015
37 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,080

Nino Franchina, The Champions of France, Fine Art Drawings

Nino Franchina

The Champions of France, 1954
31 x 21 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$927

Xanda McCagg, Adjacent 2, Fine Art Drawings

Xanda McCagg

Adjacent 2, 2014
51 x 41 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,152

Michel Pinosa, Flower 2, Fine Art Drawings

Michel Pinosa

Flower 2, 2016
46 x 46 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,855

Luigi Cipallone, Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Luigi Cipallone

Composition, 1980
24.5 x 35 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$396

Jan Voss, Sans-titre, Fine Art Drawings

Jan Voss

Sans-titre, 2019
26 x 17.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,237

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