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Contemporary Artists

It is difficult to accurately define drawing in the development of the visual arts, as it has greatly evolved through various historical periods, art movements and theories. There is indeed an array of drawing types, including children's chalk drawings, editorial illustrations, nude drawing, portrait,  drawing in animated films, caricatures, animal drawings

However we can agree on the fact that drawings are all works of art which usually use paper as their support, regardless of the technique used. Drawing has earned its place among the noble visual arts and it is the first thing that students are taught how to do at schools of Fine Arts. Knowing how to draw and sketch is essential for any artist or illustrator throughout their career. In the words of the great master Alberto Giacometti: “Drawing is the basis of everything."

Drawing is undoubtedly one of the oldest forms of human expression with the use of pictographs dating back as early as Prehistoric times. Although drawing has been present throughout all the ages and in particular in Asia where it was commonly used, its forms and uses started to diversify in the 19th century. Thanks to the significant industrial growth of the 19th century, technical drawing (or industrial drawing) began to take off and clearly differentiated itself from artistic drawing. As a result, it has become highly codified and its objective is to convey very precise information about how something should be manufactured or used. Fashion illustration shares a similar purpose. Drawing is also used for architecture and design…

Asides from its more practical uses, it has also become a form of artistic expression. Although drawing is often perceived as the subject's outline, in contrast with the work's coloured surface, and not thought of as a work of art in its own right, it is well and truly one of the most accomplished forms of artistic expression, in the same way as painting or sculpture. From figurative to abstract art, drawing is now available in a multitude of different styles and has earned its reputation as an art form. For example, 'The Scream' by Edvard Munch, one of the most famous and expensive artworks (it was at one time the most expensive work of art in the world!) is a drawing which mixes pastels and oil painting.

Artists employ a range different drawing techniques. Drawings can be created with ink, gouache paint, watercolours, pens, marker, pencils, charcoal or felt-tip pens - but whatever the medium they are always on paper. A drawing can be geometric or abstract but it could also be figurative or hyperrealistic.

Buying a drawing with Artsper means owning an original modern or contemporary artwork. All types of drawing are available, whether they have been made by emerging or well-established artists. So don't miss out on artwork by some of the biggest names in contemporary art, including Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Hans Hartung, Philippe Pasqua and Robert Combas.

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United States

JonOne

United States

Salvador Dali

Spain

Sandra Chevrier

Canada

M.Chat

Switzerland

Alekos Fassianos

Greece

Pablo Picasso

Spain

Robert Combas

France

Marian Williams

Netherlands

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

Cote D'Ivoire

C215

France

Liu Bolin

China

Sam Francis

United States

Quik (Lin Felton)

United States

Arman

France

Philippe Pasqua

France

Max Ernst

Germany

César Baldaccini

France

Mario Kolaric

Croatia

Antonio Segui

Argentina

Speedy Graphito

France

Alice de Miramon

France

Valérie Hadida

France

Corneille

Netherlands

Julien Raynaud

France

Erró

Iceland

Michael Grine

United States

Vladimir Velickovic

Serbia

Jacques Villeglé

France

Ben

France

Viktoria Ganhao

Portugal

Valerio Adami

Italy

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Bulgaria

Atsuko Ishii

Japan

Benjamin SPaRK

France

Jazzu

France

Gottfried Salzmann

Austria

Kim En Joong

South Korea

André Saraiva

France

Daru

France

Meteo Meteo

France

Alessandra Bisi

Italy

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva

Portugal

Art By Son

Netherlands

Francine Van Hove

France

Tarek

France

Hom Nguyen

France

Guy Denning

United Kingdom

Eduardo Arroyo

Spain

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Algeria

Feng Kaixuan

China

Fuh-mi

Japan

Hervé Di Rosa

France

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

France

Lantomo

Italy

David Gerstein

Israel

Mel Ramos

United States

Dran

France

Jéko

France

John Matos Crash

United States