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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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Gina Vor, Small Sign No 5, Fine Art Drawings

Gina Vor

Small Sign No 5, 2019
24 x 17 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$90

Henryk Drzewiecki, Mix 074, Fine Art Drawings

Henryk Drzewiecki

Mix 074, 2019
7.5 x 5.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$120

Rodrigo Spinel, Esfera Transparencia, Fine Art Drawings

Rodrigo Spinel

Esfera Transparencia, 2019
14.8 x 21 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$400

Stéphane Rime, No name 50.40 #39, Fine Art Drawings

Stéphane Rime

No name 50.40 #39, 2020
50 x 40 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$120

Apo, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Apo

Sans titre, 2021
29.7 x 21 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$78

Pascal Marlin, Dans mes bras, Fine Art Drawings

Pascal Marlin

Dans mes bras, 2021
32 x 24 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$419

Stanislav Bojankov, Nocturne CXCXX (Chopin), Fine Art Drawings

Stanislav Bojankov

Nocturne CXCXX (Chopin), 2015
25 x 35 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$90

Isabelle Pelletane, Love Love 4, Fine Art Drawings

Isabelle Pelletane

Love Love 4, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$778

Éric Mercier Sevin, Vocabulaire, Fine Art Drawings

Éric Mercier Sevin

Vocabulaire, 2013
65 x 50 x 0.02 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$431

Jean-Jacques André, R 016, Fine Art Drawings

Jean-Jacques André

R 016, 2014
100 x 63 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$778

LN Le Cheviller, Fifties - carré - 9, Fine Art Drawings

LN Le Cheviller

Fifties - carré - 9, 2018
50 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$359

Sandra Szaja, The confrontation, Fine Art Drawings

Sandra Szaja

The confrontation, 2021
65 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,197

Angélique Chesnesec, Oeuvre Graphique, Fine Art Drawings

Angélique Chesnesec

Oeuvre Graphique, 2021
42 x 29 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$479

Sarah Brannon, Mother IV, Fine Art Drawings

Sarah Brannon

Mother IV, 2021
30.5 x 22.9 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$150

Claudette Allosio, Ailleurs, Fine Art Drawings

Claudette Allosio

Ailleurs, 2020
70 x 50 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,034

Philippe  Hiquily, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Hiquily

Sans titre, 1961
40 x 28 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$10,769

Arman, Watch Gears, Fine Art Drawings

Arman

Watch Gears, 1979
86.4 x 68.6 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$25,000

Philippe Buil, Ombre Clochette, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Buil

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

$419

Our recommendations Antony Squizzato, Fear of a Black Planet, Fine Art Drawings

Antony Squizzato

Fear of a Black Planet, 2020
40 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$419

Eduardo Arroyo, Sans-titre, Fine Art Drawings

Eduardo Arroyo

Sans-titre, 1959
27 x 17.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,376

Yaacov Agam, Beyond the Visible, Fine Art Drawings

Yaacov Agam

Beyond the Visible, 1980
25.4 x 27.9 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,000

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

Our recommendations Gabrielle Rul, Les gens de passage, Fine Art Drawings

Gabrielle Rul

Les gens de passage, 2021
23 x 31 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$359

Maiko Kobayashi, Drawing #3-19, Fine Art Drawings

Maiko Kobayashi

Drawing #3-19, 2019
29.5 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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Wifredo Lam, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Wifredo Lam

Untitled, 1957
55.9 x 67.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$125,000

Quik (Lin Felton), Marbles, Fine Art Drawings

Quik (Lin Felton)

Marbles, 2020
28 x 38 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$455

Fabienne Ribeyrolles, Osmose, Fine Art Drawings

Fabienne Ribeyrolles

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

$718

JonOne, Borders, Fine Art Drawings

JonOne

Borders, 2020
29.5 x 42 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,615

Matthew Rose, After the Flood, Fine Art Drawings

Matthew Rose

After the Flood, 2012
24 x 72 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,974

Benoît Mauduech, Diptyque sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Benoît Mauduech

Diptyque sans titre, 2019
40 x 140 x 4 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,316

Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Starlight, Fine Art Drawings

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Starlight, 2019
100 x 70 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,340

Philippe Cognée, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Cognée

Sans titre, 2012
21 x 12 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$838

Our recommendations Tracey Adams, Balancing Act 2, Fine Art Drawings

Tracey Adams

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

$1,811

André Bielen, Synopsie 0561, Fine Art Drawings

André Bielen

Synopsie 0561, 2015
73 x 56 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$808 $897

Aurélie Lafourcade, Taches, Fine Art Drawings

Aurélie Lafourcade

Taches, 2019
60 x 50 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$778

Kitty Sabatier, Petits formats Québécois (Série), Fine Art Drawings

Kitty Sabatier

Petits formats Québécois (Série), 2019
25 x 22 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$479

Mathilde de Bellecombe, Beaucoup de choses à faire, Fine Art Drawings

Mathilde de Bellecombe

Beaucoup de choses à faire, 2013
12 x 12 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$156

Frédéric Dégranges, Trame 51, Fine Art Drawings

Frédéric Dégranges

Trame 51, 2014
27 x 50 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,034

Marcela Zemanova, Noir et rouge III, Fine Art Drawings

Marcela Zemanova

Noir et rouge III, 2020
46 x 69 x 0.4 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$586

Wojciech Sadley, Ichtios, Fine Art Drawings

Wojciech Sadley

Ichtios, 2000
38 x 53 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,795

Magda Von Hanau, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Magda Von Hanau

Untitled, 2020
30 x 21 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,000

Lukasz Blikle, 2011.30, Fine Art Drawings

Lukasz Blikle

2011.30, 2010
70 x 100 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$598

Our recommendations Pauline Guerrier, Oeuvre sur papier ancien, Fine Art Drawings

Pauline Guerrier

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

$718

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

Hervé Ringer

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

$168

Maud Vantours, Lounge Landscape, Fine Art Drawings

Maud Vantours

Lounge Landscape, 2018
116 x 51 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$6,581

Igor Bodnar, Pritza iro Wiru, Fine Art Drawings

Igor Bodnar

Pritza iro Wiru, 1990
60 x 50 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$538

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

Richard Caldicott

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

$1,742

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Antique art africain "fra"/ un peigne traditionnel, Fine Art Drawings

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

Antique art africain "fra"/ un peigne traditionnel, 2007
23 x 15 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$838

Rolf Julius, Some liquid (green) sounds, Fine Art Drawings

Rolf Julius

Some liquid (green) sounds, 2000
29.5 x 24.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,795

Louisa Chase, Bowl of Cherries, Fine Art Drawings

Louisa Chase

Bowl of Cherries, 2003
55.9 x 76.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$4,500

Xanda McCagg, Adjacent 2, Fine Art Drawings

Xanda McCagg

Adjacent 2, 2014
51 x 41 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,115

Stephen and Lorna Kirin, Jacob's Ladder, Fine Art Drawings

Stephen and Lorna Kirin

Jacob's Ladder, 2018
58 x 47 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,254

Jozef Panfil, Wrzeszczow, Fine Art Drawings

Jozef Panfil

Wrzeszczow, 2015
30 x 44 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$598

Roger Ferrin, Thames By The River, Fine Art Drawings

Roger Ferrin

Thames By The River, 2019
33 x 50.8 x 5.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,045

Nacho Mariezcurrena, Vacio Fertil/Fertile Void, Fine Art Drawings

Nacho Mariezcurrena

Vacio Fertil/Fertile Void, 2021
50 x 40 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$280

Jan Voss, Sans-titre, Fine Art Drawings

Jan Voss

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

$1,197

Tania Dibbs, Bramble, Fine Art Drawings

Tania Dibbs

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

$16,000

Béatrice Bescond, Fractale 2, Fine Art Drawings

Béatrice Bescond

Fractale 2, 2018
39 x 39 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$897

Stela Vasileva, Untitled 1, from 'Lines of Time (in pencil and paper)' series, Fine Art Drawings

Stela Vasileva

Untitled 1, from 'Lines of Time (in pencil and paper)' series, 2019
30 x 40 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$598

Fieroza Doorsen, Untitled (ID 1293), Fine Art Drawings

Fieroza Doorsen

Untitled (ID 1293), 2016
29.5 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,742

Yanna Kali, Cardiogram of a City, Fine Art Drawings

Yanna Kali

Cardiogram of a City, 2019
30 x 55 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,533

Jean Feinberg, DD2.15, Fine Art Drawings

Jean Feinberg

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

$1,045

Zwy Milshtein, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Zwy Milshtein

Sans titre, 1986
27 x 20 x 0.01 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$598

Suoyuan Wang, Echo 4, Fine Art Drawings

Suoyuan Wang

Echo 4, 2018
65 x 50 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$838

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