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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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L'Atlas, Just another seal, Print


Just another seal, 2020
56 x 56 cm


Man Ray, Double Face, Print

Man Ray

Double Face, 1971
70 x 51 x 0.2 cm


Max Ernst, Composition, Print

Max Ernst

Composition, 1970
32.5 x 25 x 0.1 cm


Shaka, Infrarouge #2, Print


Infrarouge #2, 2019
117 x 97 cm


Stoul, Oru MXIV, Print


Oru MXIV, 2021
40 x 40 cm


Julio Le Parc, Optical n.4, Print

Julio Le Parc

Optical n.4, 1976
34 x 24.5 x 0.1 cm


Shu Takahashi, Morning star, Print

Shu Takahashi

Morning star, 1970
62 x 47 x 0.1 cm


Damien Poulain, Love, Print

Damien Poulain

Love, 2021
40 x 30 cm


Zhana Mitkova, Favourite Place, Print

Zhana Mitkova

Favourite Place, 2021
70 x 100 cm


Kamen Startchev, Spreading the moonlight, Print

Kamen Startchev

Spreading the moonlight, 2015
80 x 130 cm


Joëlle Acoulon, Sans titre, 1/6/2021, Print

Joëlle Acoulon

Sans titre, 1/6/2021, 2021
75 x 64 cm


Leo Guida, Siamo noi, Print

Leo Guida

Siamo noi, 1993
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Hsiao Chin, Abstract Composition, Print

Hsiao Chin

Abstract Composition, 1977
50 x 70 x 0.1 cm


Alberto Magnelli, Abstract Composition, Print

Alberto Magnelli

Abstract Composition, 1960
41 x 58 x 0.1 cm


Giulio Turcato, Composition in Red, Print

Giulio Turcato

Composition in Red, 1970
50 x 69.5 x 0.1 cm


Mark Tobey, Summer Joy, Print

Mark Tobey

Summer Joy, 1972
76.6 x 55.5 x 0.1 cm


Graham Sutherland, Untitled, Print

Graham Sutherland

Untitled, 1970
65 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Joan Miró, Mur de la Lune, Print

Joan Miró

Mur de la Lune, 1958
45 x 87 cm


Peter McDonald, Her, Print

Peter McDonald

Her, 2021
42 x 30 cm


Pablo Picasso, Exposition Vallauris (1964), Print

Pablo Picasso

Exposition Vallauris (1964), 1964
63.5 x 53.3 cm


Georgi Vassilev, Anatomy of Nature, Print

Georgi Vassilev

Anatomy of Nature, 2021
100 x 70 cm


Gerardo Dottori, Composition, Print

Gerardo Dottori

Composition, 1970
64 x 47 x 0.1 cm


Deyan Yanev, Trap Nature, Print

Deyan Yanev

Trap Nature, 2021
100 x 70 cm


Eva Rothschild, Eclipse (Black), Print

Eva Rothschild

Eclipse (Black), 2021
75 x 60 cm


Tomek Jarolim, Venise, Print

Tomek Jarolim

Venise, 2021
20 x 32 x 0.3 cm


Yaacov Agam, Time from the Mobility Within Series, Print

Yaacov Agam

Time from the Mobility Within Series, 2000
35.6 x 35.6 cm


Jean Arp, Soleil Recerclé, Print

Jean Arp

Soleil Recerclé, 1966
46.5 x 37 cm


Damien Hirst, Isostearic Acid, Print

Damien Hirst

Isostearic Acid, 2014
15.6 x 15.6 cm


Jean-Paul Agosti, Opus Magnum, Print

Jean-Paul Agosti

Opus Magnum, 2008
63 x 115 x 0.3 cm


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


Baptiste Laurent, Balcon jaune, Print

Baptiste Laurent

Balcon jaune, 2021
65 x 40 x 0.3 cm


Georges Braque, La Forêt, Print

Georges Braque

La Forêt, 1963
38 x 28 cm


Futura 2000, No title, Print

Futura 2000

No title, 1997
85 x 120 cm


Roberto Matta, Untitled 5 from Hom'mere V - N'ous Portfolio, Print

Roberto Matta

Untitled 5 from Hom'mere V - N'ous Portfolio, 1985
67.3 x 52.1 cm


Marta Bozyk, Protea, Print

Marta Bozyk

Protea, 2017
75 x 75 cm


Gérard Titus-Carmel, Eclat I, Print

Gérard Titus-Carmel

Eclat I, 1982
46 x 56.5 x 0.1 cm


Ryszard Gieryszewski, April, Print

Ryszard Gieryszewski

April, 2012
62 x 44 x 1 cm


Ewelina Skowronska, Time will tell, Print

Ewelina Skowronska

Time will tell, 2021
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Mimmo Paladino, Poeta Occidentale - Triptych No. 2, Print

Mimmo Paladino

Poeta Occidentale - Triptych No. 2, 1995
200.7 x 123.2 cm


Omar Rayo, Saphan, Print

Omar Rayo

Saphan, 1969
58.4 x 53.3 cm


Richard Anuszkiewicz, Summer Suite (Red with Gold IV), Print

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Summer Suite (Red with Gold IV), 1979
54.6 x 54.6 cm


Jeanjerome, Forest Pump, Print


Forest Pump, 2021
40 x 30 x 3 cm


Alexandre Lenoir, Hommage aux femmes, Print

Alexandre Lenoir

Hommage aux femmes, 2021
70 x 50 cm


Shoïchi Hasegawa, Les deux îles, Print

Shoïchi Hasegawa

Les deux îles, 1929
58 x 75 x 0.3 cm


Dale Chihuly, Float, Print

Dale Chihuly

Float, 2017
94 x 63.5 cm


Viviane Scemama, 2 femmes, Print

Viviane Scemama

2 femmes, 1995
66 x 50 cm


Jorge Miño, Tension Balance Series, Print

Jorge Miño

Tension Balance Series, 2020
71.1 x 50.8 cm


Pierre Clerc, Dans la lumière vacante, Print

Pierre Clerc

Dans la lumière vacante, 1970
52.5 x 50 x 0.2 cm


Sophie Petetin, PRINTEMPS FOU, Print

Sophie Petetin

40 x 40 x 0.5 cm


Erró, De la série ”A travers…1”, Print


De la série ”A travers…1”, 1994
31 x 23 cm


Pierre Alechinsky, Si près, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Si près, 2007
19.5 x 13.4 cm


Felipe Pantone, Integration System P01 FP377YYF, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System P01 FP377YYF, 2019
64 x 64 cm


MadC, Yin and Yang, Print


Yin and Yang, 2019
76 x 56 cm


Our recommendations Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Le Marin, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Le Marin, 2021
60 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Julien Raynaud, LOVE, Print

Julien Raynaud

LOVE, 2018
70 x 50 x 1 cm


Our recommendations Jean Miotte, Élegie, Print

Jean Miotte

Élegie, 1992
126 x 88 cm


Sonia Delaunay, Automne, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Automne, 1965
91.3 x 65.9 x 0.2 cm


Carlos Cruz-Diez, Color Aditivo Cantarrana 2, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Color Aditivo Cantarrana 2, 2016
70 x 100 cm


Regina Gimenez, Sin título 1, Print

Regina Gimenez

Sin título 1, 2018
143 x 103 cm


Claude Viallat, Sans Titre, Print

Claude Viallat

Sans Titre, 2015
62 x 48 x 1 cm


Christian Silvain, L’oiseau cage, Print

Christian Silvain

L’oiseau cage, 1998
100 x 73 cm


Zao Wou-Ki, Sans titre, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Sans titre, 1987
56 x 76 x 0.1 cm


Marino Marini, The Horse, Print

Marino Marini

The Horse, 1950
28.5 x 24 x 0.1 cm


François Morellet, Intersecting Lines, Print

François Morellet

Intersecting Lines, 1975
36.5 x 36.5 x 0.2 cm


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