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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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L'Atlas, To the light, Painting

L'Atlas

To the light, 2020
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$9,645

Nathanael Koffi, Pattern 3, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

Pattern 3, 2021
100 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,855

Ronald Hunter, Traffic pink landscape, Painting

Ronald Hunter

Traffic pink landscape, 2021
70 x 140 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,223

Antony Squizzato, Crawlers, Painting

Antony Squizzato

Crawlers, 2021
120 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$4,204

Liora, Clin D'Oeil, Painting

Liora

Clin D'Oeil, 2021
72 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,051

Pierre Alechinsky, Boussu, Painting

Pierre Alechinsky

Boussu, 2007
100 x 60 x 3 cm
Painting

Sold

Gina Vor, Abstract No. 1 | Abstrait  No. 1, Painting

Gina Vor

Abstract No. 1 | Abstrait No. 1, 2019
30 x 24 x 0.4 cm
Painting

$272

Maryse Chatron Kriloff, Intense, Painting

Maryse Chatron Kriloff

Intense, 2021
90 x 130 cm
Painting

$2,819

Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Intarissable, Painting

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Intarissable, 2018
40 x 80 cm
Painting

$1,088

Stoz, HH 105, Painting

Stoz

HH 105, 2021
50 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$173

Our recommendations tizlu, Silent Observer, Painting

tizlu

Silent Observer, 2021
70 x 25 cm
Painting

$338 $482

Christine Barth Mroz, Brume dorée, Painting

Christine Barth Mroz

Brume dorée, 2021
100 x 89 cm
Painting

$1,978

Thérèse Bosc, Coup d'Éclat, Painting

Thérèse Bosc

Coup d'Éclat, 2021
80 x 80 cm
Painting

$1,212

Daniel Despothuis, N°42, Painting

Daniel Despothuis

N°42, 2009
76 x 56 cm
Painting

$989

Jean Rouzaud, Sans titre n°212, Painting

Jean Rouzaud

Sans titre n°212, 1986
92 x 73 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$1,224

Soklak Elgato, Black and white motion, Painting

Soklak Elgato

Black and white motion, 2021
130 x 195 x 4 cm
Painting

$10,511

Joëlle Michenet, Vie intérieure Z, Painting

Joëlle Michenet

Vie intérieure Z, 2021
120 x 80 cm
Painting

$2,473

René Romero Schuler, Naren, Painting

René Romero Schuler

Naren, 2019
30.5 x 30.5 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,484

Giorgio Lo Fermo, Composition, Painting

Giorgio Lo Fermo

Composition, 2020
21 x 29.5 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$495

Yasen Zgurovski, Bulls and Cows 4, Painting

Yasen Zgurovski

Bulls and Cows 4, 2020
20 x 20 x 2 cm
Painting

$148

Brooke Noel Morgan, Intersection, Painting

Brooke Noel Morgan

Intersection, 2020
94 x 78.7 cm
Painting

$2,736

Nat Stresser, Paysage N2, Painting

Nat Stresser

Paysage N2, 2021
30 x 30 cm
Painting

$433

Leo Guida, Cactus, Painting

Leo Guida

Cactus, 1980
80 x 60 x 1 cm
Painting

$1,855

Humanfuel, Organic Flow, Painting

Humanfuel

Organic Flow, 2021
73 x 50 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$3,957

Jean-Marc Hunt, L'alchimiste, Painting

Jean-Marc Hunt

L'alchimiste, 2019
170 x 120 x 3 cm
Painting

$17,065

Martin Reyna, Untitled 20207, Painting

Martin Reyna

Untitled 20207, 2020
56 x 76 cm
Painting

$3,168

Yichao Sun, Jeux de couleur I, Painting

Yichao Sun

Jeux de couleur I, 2021
40 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

$668 $742

Âme Sauvage, Purple night, Painting

Âme Sauvage

Purple night, 2021
18 x 24 x 2 cm
Painting

$74

Franco Mulas, Sunsets, Painting

Franco Mulas

Sunsets, 2013
63 x 64 x 3 cm
Painting

$4,946

Frédérique Assaël, Samuel, Painting

Frédérique Assaël

Samuel, 2021
130 x 97 x 3 cm
Painting

$7,419

Ralph Resch, Résonance, Painting

Ralph Resch

Résonance, 2021
100 x 81 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,051

Mireille Hottinger, Aquilae, Painting

Mireille Hottinger

Aquilae, 2021
80 x 40 cm
Painting

$1,929

Paco Vila Guillén, En el pasado - In the Past, Painting

Paco Vila Guillén

En el pasado - In the Past, 2020
72 x 27 x 1 cm
Painting

$3,250

Sabrina Viola, Les gondoles de Venise, Painting

Sabrina Viola

Les gondoles de Venise, 2021
150 x 120 cm
Painting

$4,328

Michel Castanet (Mica), N°202, Painting

Michel Castanet (Mica)

N°202, 2021
20 x 20 cm
Painting

$223

R. Wayne Reynolds, Is earth on the menu, Painting

R. Wayne Reynolds

Is earth on the menu, 2018
76.5 x 101.5 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$1,731

Rodica Anesia, N°I-0621, Painting

Rodica Anesia

N°I-0621, 2021
20 x 20 cm
Painting

$297

Danny Giesbers, Eudaimonia, Painting

Danny Giesbers

Eudaimonia, 2020
100 x 100 cm
Painting

$5,184

Linda Bachammar Clerget, Echo de l'éclosion, Painting

Linda Bachammar Clerget

Echo de l'éclosion, 2021
100 x 81 x 1 cm
Painting

$3,339

Sandra Paris, Emballe-moi 1, Painting

Sandra Paris

Emballe-moi 1, 2021
17 x 14 x 0.25 cm
Painting

$187

Zong, Que la somme de nos actes, Painting

Zong

Que la somme de nos actes, 2021
70 x 90 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,546

Kenneth Martin Jungarrayi, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), Painting

Kenneth Martin Jungarrayi

Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 2020
76 x 30 cm
Painting

$1,175

Tom Henderson, Moiré Indigo (Abstract painting), Painting

Tom Henderson

Moiré Indigo (Abstract painting), 2019
32 x 29 cm
Painting

$2,880

Helen Kennedy, Sans titre, Painting

Helen Kennedy

Sans titre, 1998
12 x 22 cm
Painting

$433

Leslie Amine, Sans titre, Painting

Leslie Amine

Sans titre, 2021
60 x 80 x 5 cm
Painting

$6,059

Nathan Paddison, AyeSays (Abstract painting), Painting

Nathan Paddison

AyeSays (Abstract painting), 2021
150 x 100 cm
Painting

$3,024

Stéphane Rime, Série Noname 60.60 #B40, Painting

Stéphane Rime

Série Noname 60.60 #B40, 2021
60 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$371

Julien Wolf, Sans titre, Painting

Julien Wolf

Sans titre, 2020
140 x 110 x 5 cm
Painting

$5,565

Aharon Gluska, Lines 6, Painting

Aharon Gluska

Lines 6, 2020
104 x 165 x 2 cm
Painting

$15,457

Gérard Bergerioux, Composition géométrique, Painting

Gérard Bergerioux

Composition géométrique, 1957
65 x 54 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,690

Peter Chinovsky, A chair cannot be sat on, Painting

Peter Chinovsky

A chair cannot be sat on, 2021
72 x 70 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$878

Nathania Granites Nangala, Warlukurlangu Jukurrpa (Fire country Dreaming), Painting

Nathania Granites Nangala

Warlukurlangu Jukurrpa (Fire country Dreaming), 2019
76 x 76 cm
Painting

$2,226

Axel Dubreille, Bleu de Loire, Painting

Axel Dubreille

Bleu de Loire, 1987
50 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$885

Gérard Zlotykamien, Sans, Painting

Gérard Zlotykamien

Sans, 1981
75 x 55 x 1 cm
Painting

$2,782 $3,091

Jérôme Desanti, Aliens, Painting

Jérôme Desanti

Aliens, 2021
116 x 89 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,473

Méryl B, MB 47, Painting

Méryl B

MB 47, 2021
130 x 97 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,298

Joëlle Kem Lika, Éclats d'écume 100, Painting

Joëlle Kem Lika

Éclats d'écume 100, 2021
118 x 43 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,484

André René César Brechet, Coucher du soleil Pont Royal et Notre Dame, Paris, Painting

André René César Brechet

Coucher du soleil Pont Royal et Notre Dame, Paris, 1975
46 x 61 x 2 cm
Painting

$907

Teranie Williams Nangala, Wanakiji Jukurrpa - Bush Tomato Dreaming, Painting

Teranie Williams Nangala

Wanakiji Jukurrpa - Bush Tomato Dreaming, 2018
30 x 30 x 3 cm
Painting

$433

Irena Tone, Hidden Grey, Painting

Irena Tone

Hidden Grey, 2021
50 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

$534 $668

Celestine Tex Nungarrayi, Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa (Lappi Lappi Dreaming), Painting

Celestine Tex Nungarrayi

Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa (Lappi Lappi Dreaming), 2020
46 x 46 cm
Painting

$742

Shanna Williams Napanangka, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, Painting

Shanna Williams Napanangka

Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 2018
30 x 122 cm
Painting

$1,731

Georges Myral, Construction géométrique #04, Painting

Georges Myral

Construction géométrique #04, 2020
120 x 60 x 4 cm
Painting

$927

Ursula Hudson Napangardi, Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming), Painting

Ursula Hudson Napangardi

Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming), 2019
61 x 122 cm
Painting

$2,968

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