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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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Samzaï, Mucemecum, Photography

Samzaï

Mucemecum, 2019
50 x 74 x 1 cm
Photography

$486

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Couleur additive série 14, Painting

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Couleur additive série 14, 2009
80 x 80 cm
Painting

$76,978

Jules Engel, Golden X, Painting

Jules Engel

Golden X, 1970
30.5 x 30.5 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$2,500

Espen Rasmussen, Pain, Photography

Espen Rasmussen

Pain, 2012
40 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,303

Our recommendations Ben Abounassif, Formas Abstractas / Abstract Shapes, Sculpture

Ben Abounassif

Formas Abstractas / Abstract Shapes, 2018
98 x 98 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$5,800

Our recommendations Carlos Amorales, Mariposas Negras 3, Print

Carlos Amorales

Mariposas Negras 3, 2008
114 x 88 cm
Print

$1,776

Our recommendations Pius Fox, Schattenspiegelung, Painting

Pius Fox

Schattenspiegelung, 2013
130 x 100 cm
Painting

$7,816

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

Philippe Decrauzat

Delay (square on the angles to white / 24), 2017
214 x 214 cm
Painting

$58,977

François Houtin, Cabane n°19, Painting

François Houtin

Cabane n°19, 2012
29 x 29 x 1 cm
Painting

$4,263

René Lamoureux, Géométrie, Painting

René Lamoureux

Géométrie, 1970
58 x 114 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,250

Roman Koenig, Urbanisme en Fusion 2, Print

Roman Koenig

Urbanisme en Fusion 2, 2017
90 x 60 x 5 cm
Print

$2,132

Our recommendations José Manuel Ballester, Puente Dujiangyan, Photography

José Manuel Ballester

Puente Dujiangyan, 2011
180 x 270 cm
Photography

$30,199

Lauric Gourbal, Distillerie, Photography

Lauric Gourbal

Distillerie, 2017
80 x 120 x 0.03 cm
Photography

$1,005

Jimmy de Bock, Walking 1, Photography

Jimmy de Bock

Walking 1, 2011
50 x 75 x 4 cm
Photography

$2,369

Gregorio Siem, Sphere Orange and Blue - Variable Code, Sculpture

Gregorio Siem

Sphere Orange and Blue - Variable Code, 2019
70 x 68 x 68 cm
Sculpture

$6,987

Roger-François Thépot, 1979 Noir Orange Black, Painting

Roger-François Thépot

1979 Noir Orange Black, 1979
32 x 7 x 0.5 cm
Painting

$1,125

Angélique Robin, Eve, Fine Art Drawings

Angélique Robin

Eve, 2015
40 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$947

Jonidel Mendoza, Solitaria Compañía del Reflejo I y II Diptych. (Solitary Company of Reflex I and II Diptych), Painting

Jonidel Mendoza

Solitaria Compañía del Reflejo I y II Diptych. (Solitary Company of Reflex I and II Diptych), 2010
74 x 122 x 10 cm
Painting

$18,000

Marta Marcé, Now & Ever # 49, Painting

Marta Marcé

Now & Ever # 49, 2015
55 x 45 x 1 cm
Painting

$3,316

Florim Hasani, Palindrome, Sculpture

Florim Hasani

Palindrome, 2013
33 x 105 x 62 cm
Sculpture

$5,684

Victor Vasarely, Bianco, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Bianco, 1987
132.1 x 132.1 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$350,000

Rafal Olbinski, Two trees, Print

Rafal Olbinski

Two trees, 2020
24 x 18 cm
Print

$533

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Induction du Jaune Tepuy 1, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Induction du Jaune Tepuy 1, 2018
60 x 60 cm
Print

$8,290

Barry Cawston, Avalon, Photography

Barry Cawston

Avalon, 2018
90 x 200 x 2 cm
Photography

$3,722

Rodrigo Spinel, Espiga, Fine Art Drawings

Rodrigo Spinel

Espiga, 2018
14.8 x 21 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$400

Ryszard Gieryszewski, An illusion, Print

Ryszard Gieryszewski

An illusion, 2011
64 x 43 x 1 cm
Print

$888

Ryszard Gieryszewski, A road - vertical division, Print

Ryszard Gieryszewski

A road - vertical division, 2007
49 x 39.5 x 1 cm
Print

$888

Magda Von Hanau, River Prague 3 Diptych, Photography

Magda Von Hanau

River Prague 3 Diptych, 2016
182.9 x 248.9 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$10,000

Magda Von Hanau, Palazzo Grimani Male Center, Photography

Magda Von Hanau

Palazzo Grimani Male Center, 2016
182.9 x 121.9 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$4,250

Christophe Battifero, Under the Bridge, Photography

Christophe Battifero

Under the Bridge, 2020
30 x 40 x 2 cm
Photography

$497

Franck Doat, Collection "Paris Autrement" / Winstorm, Photography

Franck Doat

Collection "Paris Autrement" / Winstorm, 2012
60 x 80 x 0.4 cm
Photography

$3,553

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Induction du Jaune Rioja , Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Induction du Jaune Rioja , 2014
50 x 79 cm
Print

$10,658

Our recommendations Dan Levenson, Pirmin Wunderli, Painting

Dan Levenson

Pirmin Wunderli, 2016
42 x 28 cm
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Sira Notz, Painting

Dan Levenson

Sira Notz, 2016
42 x 28 cm
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Renata Bliggensdorfer, Painting

Dan Levenson

Renata Bliggensdorfer, 2016
42 x 28 cm
Painting

$3,200

Jean-Paul Carbonel, Carf VI, Painting

Jean-Paul Carbonel

Carf VI, 2007
103 x 103 x 6 cm
Painting

$3,790

Jean-Paul Carbonel, Faisceau cercles VI, Painting

Jean-Paul Carbonel

Faisceau cercles VI, 2007
85 x 126 x 5 cm
Painting

$3,434

Sean MacLeod, Arabesque, Photography

Sean MacLeod

Arabesque, 2002
100 x 100 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,776

Dasha Pears, XXX, Photography

Dasha Pears

XXX, 2019
100 x 100 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$2,357

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

Barbara Todd

Cinema Art, River Street, Troy, NY, March 27, 2015
20 x 20 x 0.5 cm
Painting

$1,600

Carlos Amorales, Mariposas Negras 1, Print

Carlos Amorales

Mariposas Negras 1, 2008
114 x 88 cm
Print

$1,776

Alexander Benz, Striangulation, Photography

Alexander Benz

Striangulation, 2021
40 x 40 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$545

Samuel Dejong, Atlas Beetle Closed, Photography

Samuel Dejong

Atlas Beetle Closed, 2020
50 x 50 cm
Photography

$1,480

Tony Ellwood, In No Time #11, Photography

Tony Ellwood

In No Time #11, 2012
76 x 101 cm
Photography

$1,540

Franck Guedj, Sample space urban 2.2, Photography

Franck Guedj

Sample space urban 2.2, 2020
120 x 80 x 1 cm
Photography

$3,434

Clément Reisky, Nouvelle cathédrale, Photography

Clément Reisky

Nouvelle cathédrale, 2013
60 x 90 x 3 cm
Photography

$2,006

Bruno Hoopka, Playing card 2F - Flying spheres, Painting

Bruno Hoopka

Playing card 2F - Flying spheres, 2016
130 x 97 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$3,316

Bruno Hoopka, Playing card 1S - Diamond set circles, Painting

Bruno Hoopka

Playing card 1S - Diamond set circles, 2015
130 x 97 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$3,316

Florentina Otari, This too will pass, Painting

Florentina Otari

This too will pass, 2019
100 x 70 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,369

Alexia Rousse, First Light, Photography

Alexia Rousse

First Light, 2021
96.5 x 139.7 x 3.3 cm
Photography

$4,355

Alexia Rousse, Midnight, Photography

Alexia Rousse

Midnight, 2021
96.5 x 139.7 x 3.3 cm
Photography

$4,355

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

Ramón David Morales

El Mihrab de mi pueblo, AL-Ándalus, 2015
146 x 114 cm
Painting

$4,145

Reinhard Gorner, Upper Lusatian Library of Sciences, Görlitz, Photography

Reinhard Gorner

Upper Lusatian Library of Sciences, Görlitz, 2018
127 x 141 cm
Photography

$4,974

Reinhard Gorner, Sainte Geneviève Library, Paris, Photography

Reinhard Gorner

Sainte Geneviève Library, Paris, 2018
127 x 151 cm
Photography

$4,974

Toni Erm, Want to Be One of Many?, Painting

Toni Erm

Want to Be One of Many?, 2016
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Painting

$4,000

Angélique Robin, Lust, Fine Art Drawings

Angélique Robin

Lust, 2016
40 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$711

Angélique Robin, Kitty, the forbidden meat, Fine Art Drawings

Angélique Robin

Kitty, the forbidden meat, 2015
40 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$829

Jesus Chamizo, Stairs 2, Photography

Jesus Chamizo

Stairs 2, 2016
130 x 93 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$2,913

Mick Finch, Two Way Switch, Painting

Mick Finch

Two Way Switch, 1997
162 x 114 x 3 cm
Painting

$5,803

Marta Marcé, Now & Ever # 51, Painting

Marta Marcé

Now & Ever # 51, 2015
55 x 45 x 1 cm
Painting

$3,316

Denis Felix, Searsia, Photography

Denis Felix

Searsia, 2019
96 x 160 cm
Photography

$6,987

Denis Felix, Sorbus, Photography

Denis Felix

Sorbus, 2019
96 x 160 cm
Photography

$6,987

Samuel Dejong, Hercules Beetle Open, Photography

Samuel Dejong

Hercules Beetle Open, 2020
50 x 50 cm
Photography

< $ 2,500

Our recommendations Pierre Barbrel, XV - Le Diable, Photography

Pierre Barbrel

XV - Le Diable, 2015
30 x 30 x 4 cm
Photography

$563

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