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Abstract Print

It's impossible attribute a precise date to the birth of abstract art. Art critics tend to situate the start of the movement in the 1910s and tend to see Wassily Kandinsky's “Picture with a circle" or “Abstract watercolour" as the works that announced the birth of abstract art. Although it is hard to know whether this work was truly the first abstract painting, Kandinsky was undeniably one of the founders of the movement.

However, it is important not to forget that there were many other important artists working at around the same time as Kandinsky and who also created key non-figurative works. These include Piet Mondrian, François Kupka and Kazimir Malevich. The couple Sonia and Robert Delaunay also had a fundamental impact on the development of abstraction. Mesmerised by the bright colours and circular shapes in their compositions, the French poet Apollinaire christened their art Orphism.

Even if abstract art can be seen as a revolution in terms of the artistic traditions that came before it, the movement can also be interpreted as the inevitable and logical result of the work and thinking of preceding artists. Certain experts believe that abstract art can be traced back to Monet and Whistler, who highlighted the importance of visually representing feelings and emotions rather than figurative objects. Fauvism contributed to our understanding of the power of colour, whilst Cubists pushed figurative art to its limits by playing around with geometric shapes and forms.

In a similar way, it seems illogical to give abstract art a single definition as the movement itself is so complex. The one thing that all abstract artists have in common is that they believe reality is subjective. They don't paint subjects, objects or people but focus on emotions, feelings or esthetics using shapes, colours and brush strokes to convey their message.

Geometric and lyrical abstract art are both forms of abstraction in is purest form. There is no clear subject matter or if the artist was inspired by a particular object, person or scene we can't tell without additional information. There can be different degrees of abstraction. For example, some forms of figurative art may be partially abstract if they distort the reality they represent. It is important not to underestimate the role that historical context has played in the development of emerging art movements. Abstract art has known two golden ages; the first between the two World Wars, just before the Great Depression, and the second between 1947 and 1970. Why? In short, human suffering. When artists no longer know how to represent the horrors of warfare and convey the suffering that society has endured, they must innovate, look for new techniques and call upon the subjective memories of survivors. In the words of Adorno, “writing poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric".

Abstract art reached its peak between 1950 and 1970 in New York thanks to abstract expressionist artists such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Although this might be the movement that comes to mind when thinking of abstract art, there are many other movements related to non-figurative art, including Surrealism, Fauvism, Cubism, Bauhaus and Futurism.

With the advent of new technology, new art movements have emerged in the 21st century. Abstraction continues to be important to several of these movements. Many painters and sculptors still continue to create pure abstract art, such as Anish Kapoor, Ben Berlow and Christian Rosa. Abstract art has not disappeared; it has merely evolved and continues to adapt to its society.

Artsper has a wide range of abstract prints from many well known contemporary and modern artists, including Zao Wou-Ki, Pablo Picasso,Victor Vasarely and Joan Miro, as well as a selection from emerging artists.

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Alexander Calder, La Fleur (The Flower), Print

Alexander Calder

La Fleur (The Flower), 1975
58.1 x 77.5 cm
Print

$15,500

Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Nana, 1971
65 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$5,743

Pierre Alechinsky, Dotremont dans son village, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Dotremont dans son village, 1981
83 x 62 x 0.2 cm
Print

$2,154

Jean-Paul Agosti, Loire, Print

Jean-Paul Agosti

Loire, 2002
90 x 45.5 cm
Print

$359

Marianna Stuhr, Circular groups 2, Print

Marianna Stuhr

Circular groups 2, 2020
30 x 44 cm
Print

$658

Blandine Galtier, Titre : L, Print

Blandine Galtier

Titre : L, 2019
65 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Print

$933

Malgorzata Jenta-Dmitruk, My labyrinths, Print

Malgorzata Jenta-Dmitruk

My labyrinths, 2009
16.5 x 24.5 cm
Print

$239

Jean Miotte, Rêve, c., Print

Jean Miotte

Rêve, c., 1990
45 x 58 x 0.2 cm
Print

$718

Claude Viallat, Sans titre, Print

Claude Viallat

Sans titre, 2004
121 x 115 x 0.2 cm
Print

$3,159

Stoul, Oru Buffle, Print

Stoul

Oru Buffle, 2021
40 x 30 x 4 cm
Print

$592 $658

Carlos Cruz-Diez, S/T  (Induction Chromatique), Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

S/T (Induction Chromatique), 1981
80 x 80 x 5 cm
Print

$4,500

Felipe Pantone, Integration System #1, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System #1, 2020
64 x 64 cm
Print

$1,795

Karel Appel, Regard vers l'infini, Print

Karel Appel

Regard vers l'infini, 1963
56 x 76 x 0.2 cm
Print

$2,154

Hyo Myoung Kim, Spectrum colors arranged by chance VI - Fingered, Print

Hyo Myoung Kim

Spectrum colors arranged by chance VI - Fingered, 2012
100 x 100 cm
Print

$8,360

Hans Hartung, G7, Print

Hans Hartung

G7, 1953
66 x 50.5 cm
Print

$3,350

Goddog, Or, Noir, Print

Goddog

Or, Noir, 2021
40 x 40 x 3 cm
Print

$718

Hildegarde Handsaeme, Dance with me, Print

Hildegarde Handsaeme

Dance with me, 2021
30 x 40 cm
Print

$598

Sonia Delaunay, Sans Titre, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Sans Titre, 1962
71 x 50 cm
Print

$3,350

Soklak Elgato, Encrypted alien data, Print

Soklak Elgato

Encrypted alien data, 2021
40 x 40 cm
Print

$419

Petr Strnad, Concept #48, Print

Petr Strnad

Concept #48, 2021
50 x 33.3 x 0.1 cm
Print

$96

Papa Mesk, Golden Letterz, Print

Papa Mesk

Golden Letterz, 2021
40 x 30 x 4 cm
Print

$538

Zao Wou-Ki, Champs abandonnés, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Champs abandonnés, 1954
50.3 x 66 x 0.2 cm
Print

$7,179

Sandra Salamonová, Two White Dots, Print

Sandra Salamonová

Two White Dots, 2021
30 x 45 cm
Print

$1,436

Seize Happywallmaker, Metamorphokromatik3, Print

Seize Happywallmaker

Metamorphokromatik3, 2021
40 x 30 cm
Print

$897

Momies, Sans titre, Print

Momies

Sans titre, 2020
21 x 29.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$108

Johnny Friedlaender, Composition II, c., Print

Johnny Friedlaender

Composition II, c., 1970
50 x 42 x 0.2 cm
Print

$718

Taroe, Dancing shapes, Print

Taroe

Dancing shapes, 2021
40 x 30 x 4 cm
Print

$682

Topolino, Covid à Sète, une spaghettade sétoise, Print

Topolino

Covid à Sète, une spaghettade sétoise, 2020
50 x 38.5 x 0.2 cm
Print

$179

Sung Lee (Australia), Happy Splash, Print

Sung Lee (Australia)

Happy Splash, 2021
100 x 80 cm
Print

$473

Laurent Garcin, Abstraction, Print

Laurent Garcin

Abstraction, 1986
37 x 28 cm
Print

$2,333

Jaume Plensa, The Stolen Face _ Le visage volé, Print

Jaume Plensa

The Stolen Face _ Le visage volé, 2021
21 x 16 x 1 cm
Print

$3,470

Jeanjerome, Forest Pump, Print

Jeanjerome

Forest Pump, 2021
40 x 30 x 3 cm
Print

$1,149

Bilos, Rêve Lucide, Print

Bilos

Rêve Lucide, 2021
40 x 30 x 4 cm
Print

$682

Anish Kapoor, Breathing blue, Print

Anish Kapoor

Breathing blue, 2020
30 x 42 cm
Print

$5,566

Giuseppe Santomaso, Canti Pisani, Print

Giuseppe Santomaso

Canti Pisani, 1989
45 x 36 cm
Print

$455

Bruno Peinado, Sans Titre, Tchikespeed, Print

Bruno Peinado

Sans Titre, Tchikespeed, 2017
80 x 60 x 0.2 cm
Print

$407

Jordane Saget, 4 Couleurs black, Print

Jordane Saget

4 Couleurs black, 2021
46 x 56 cm
Print

$239

Kaixin Lyu, Falling Tide - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

Kaixin Lyu

Falling Tide - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$299

Victor Vasarely, Harlequin Sportif, Print

Victor Vasarely

Harlequin Sportif, 1988
97.8 x 72.4 cm
Print

$1,500

Pablo Picasso, Exposition Vallauris (1964), Print

Pablo Picasso

Exposition Vallauris (1964), 1964
63.5 x 53.3 cm
Print

$15,000

Joan Miró, Lithograph III, Print

Joan Miró

Lithograph III, 1972
35.6 x 53.3 cm
Print

$6,000

Corneille, La Chute de l'Ange aux Tropiques, Print

Corneille

La Chute de l'Ange aux Tropiques, 1972
73.7 x 94 cm
Print

$1,250

Our recommendations Henri Matisse, Tête de Femme (Fribourg livres illustrés 25; Claude Duthuit 23), 1948, Print

Henri Matisse

Tête de Femme (Fribourg livres illustrés 25; Claude Duthuit 23), 1948, 1948
24.8 x 19.1 cm
Print

$24,500

Our recommendations Joanne Freeman, Covers 3 Ultramarine, Print

Joanne Freeman

Covers 3 Ultramarine, 2017
71 x 66 cm
Print

$1,602

Sophie Petetin, Asie on est bien ici, Print

Sophie Petetin

Asie on est bien ici, 2019
40 x 40 x 1 cm
Print

$114

Paul Jenkins, Five Invocations II, Print

Paul Jenkins

Five Invocations II, 1997
54.6 x 74.9 cm
Print

$1,600

Wifredo Lam, Orsa Maggiore, Print

Wifredo Lam

Orsa Maggiore, 1975
80 x 64.8 cm
Print

$2,150

Alfons Borrell, Espais 3, Print

Alfons Borrell

Espais 3, 1990
56 x 76 cm
Print

$538

Yaacov Agam, Two Stars (Small) - Red/Yellow, Print

Yaacov Agam

Two Stars (Small) - Red/Yellow, 1991
10.9 x 11.4 cm
Print

$1,200

Antoni Tapies, Ligne d'horizon, Print

Antoni Tapies

Ligne d'horizon, 1973
29.5 x 46 cm
Print

$1,316

Luis Feito, Sin Título, Print

Luis Feito

Sin Título, 1974
76 x 56 cm
Print

$778

Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995
78 x 57 x 1 cm
Print

$658

Bernar Venet, 1 from Combinaison Aleatoire de Lignes Indeterminees, Print

Bernar Venet

1 from Combinaison Aleatoire de Lignes Indeterminees, 1996
50.8 x 49.5 cm
Print

$2,200

Roberto Matta, L’eau est Mana, Print

Roberto Matta

L’eau est Mana, 1974
66 x 101.6 cm
Print

$1,500

Our recommendations Ronald Hunter, Traffic Yellow Mix, Print

Ronald Hunter

Traffic Yellow Mix, 2021
40 x 40 x 0.1 cm
Print

$179

André Masson, Sans titre, Print

André Masson

Sans titre, 1970
65 x 50 cm
Print

$712 $838

MadC, Yin and Yang, Print

MadC

Yin and Yang, 2019
76 x 56 cm
Print

$299

Regina Gimenez, Sin título 1, Print

Regina Gimenez

Sin título 1, 2018
143 x 103 cm
Print

$2,393

Roy Ahlgren, Inca, Print

Roy Ahlgren

Inca, 1984
76.2 x 55.9 cm
Print

$600

Kaws, Kawsbob, Print

Kaws

Kawsbob, 2011
51 x 51 cm
Print

$37,620

Hiroyuki Moriyama, Sans titre, Print

Hiroyuki Moriyama

Sans titre, 2004
73 x 93 cm
Print

$479

Our recommendations Sam Francis, Sulfur Water (SF-86), Print

Sam Francis

Sulfur Water (SF-86), 1967
71 x 48.5 cm
Print

$6,581

A.R. Penck, Kontrolle, Print

A.R. Penck

Kontrolle, 1991
106 x 76 cm
Print

$2,022

Our recommendations Pablo Reinoso, Cap i Cua, Print

Pablo Reinoso

Cap i Cua, 2020
50 x 200 cm
Print

$3,350

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