Perfect Symmetry

Quatre Carrés Gold, Hayvon

Quatre Carrés Gold


Sculpture - 25 x 23 x 6 cm


Planète Goujon, Jean Charles Garrivet

Planète Goujon

Jean Charles Garrivet

Photography - 60 x 60 x 0.3 cm


Géométrie, René Lamoureux


René Lamoureux

Painting - 58 x 114 x 3 cm


Couleur additive série 14, Carlos Cruz-Diez

Couleur additive série 14

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Painting - 80 x 80 cm


Golden X, Jules Engel

Golden X

Jules Engel

Painting - 30.5 x 30.5 x 0.3 cm


Sphere Orange and Blue - Variable Code, Gregorio Siem

Sphere Orange and Blue - Variable Code

Gregorio Siem

Sculpture - 70 x 68 x 68 cm


Now & Ever # 49, Marta Marcé

Now & Ever # 49

Marta Marcé

Painting - 55 x 45 x 1 cm


Pain, Espen Rasmussen


Espen Rasmussen

Photography - 40 x 60 cm


Puente Dujiangyan, José Manuel Ballester

Puente Dujiangyan

José Manuel Ballester

Photography - 180 x 270 cm


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

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

Jonidel Mendoza

Painting - 74 x 122 x 10 cm


Palindrome, Florim Hasani


Florim Hasani

Sculpture - 33 x 105 x 62 cm


Mucemecum, Samzaï



Photography - 50 x 74 x 1 cm


One & only (1), Daniela Pasqualini

One & only (1)

Daniela Pasqualini

Painting - 76.2 x 121.9 x 2.5 cm


Indecision, Galya Popova


Galya Popova

Painting - 80 x 40 x 2 cm


Seychelles rocks, Christian Lefevre

Seychelles rocks

Christian Lefevre

Photography - 70 x 100 x 0.3 cm


Dance, Monika Rossa


Monika Rossa

Painting - 151 x 121 cm


Induction du Jaune Tepuy 1, Carlos Cruz-Diez

Induction du Jaune Tepuy 1

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Print - 60 x 60 cm


Avalon, Barry Cawston


Barry Cawston

Photography - 90 x 200 x 2 cm


Dune de sel, Lionel le Jeune

Dune de sel

Lionel le Jeune

Photography - 70 x 105 x 0.5 cm


Dessein 14, J/Y Delaunay-Israël

Dessein 14

J/Y Delaunay-Israël

Fine Art Drawings - 108 x 188 x 1 cm


Atlas Beetle Closed, Samuel Dejong

Atlas Beetle Closed

Samuel Dejong

Photography - 50 x 50 cm


Hercules Beetle Open, Samuel Dejong

Hercules Beetle Open

Samuel Dejong

Photography - 50 x 50 cm


Two trees, Rafal Olbinski

Two trees

Rafal Olbinski

Print - 24 x 18 cm


A road - vertical division, Ryszard Gieryszewski

A road - vertical division

Ryszard Gieryszewski

Print - 49 x 39.5 x 1 cm


Duo world, Hayvon

Duo world


Sculpture - 25 x 23 x 6 cm


Want to Be One of Many?, Toni Erm

Want to Be One of Many?

Toni Erm

Painting - 101.6 x 152.4 cm


Kalachakra Mandala, Tashi Gurung

Kalachakra Mandala

Tashi Gurung

Painting - 55.9 x 55.9 x 2.5 cm


La forêt, Christian Lefevre

La forêt

Christian Lefevre

Photography - 72 x 128 x 0.3 cm


Peace and more peace, David Pinegar

Peace and more peace

David Pinegar

Photography - 110 x 110 x 4 cm


Palazzo Grimani Male Center, Magda Von Hanau

Palazzo Grimani Male Center

Magda Von Hanau

Photography - 182.9 x 121.9 x 0.3 cm


Grande Motte Balcony, Clemente Vergara

Grande Motte Balcony

Clemente Vergara

Photography - 70 x 56 cm


Photo Tableaux 12f, Blechmeki

Photo Tableaux 12f


Photography - 96.5 x 96.5 x 2.5 cm


River Prague 3 Diptych, Magda Von Hanau

River Prague 3 Diptych

Magda Von Hanau

Photography - 182.9 x 248.9 x 0.3 cm


Formas Abstractas / Abstract Shapes, Ben Abounassif

Formas Abstractas / Abstract Shapes

Ben Abounassif

Sculpture - 98 x 98 x 2 cm


Espiga, Rodrigo Spinel


Rodrigo Spinel

Fine Art Drawings - 14.8 x 21 x 0.3 cm


Biocities Milano Expo # 11, Carlo D'Orta

Biocities Milano Expo # 11

Carlo D'Orta

Photography - 80 x 120 x 1 cm


Distillerie, Lauric Gourbal


Lauric Gourbal

Photography - 40 x 60 x 1 cm


First Light, Alexia Rousse

First Light

Alexia Rousse

Photography - 96.5 x 139.7 x 3.3 cm


Midnight, Alexia Rousse


Alexia Rousse

Photography - 96.5 x 139.7 x 3.3 cm


Silver protea, Olga Volna

Silver protea

Olga Volna

Painting - 30 x 20 x 1 cm


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

Delay (square on the angles to white / 24)

Philippe Decrauzat

Painting - 214 x 214 cm


Arabesque, Sean MacLeod


Sean MacLeod

Photography - 100 x 100 x 1 cm


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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