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Abstract Drawing

The start of the 20th century was an incredibly promising time for Western societies. Major technological and industrial breakthroughs brought about key societal changes and revolutionised the daily lives of entire populations. The two World Wars devastated the world during the first half of the 20th century and deeply scarred the generations who lived through them. Their violence had a profound influence on the art movements of the time.

Within art and literature, artists started to move away from rational thinking. In art, new movements emerged which completely broke away from traditional artistic conventions, including Surrealism, Dadaism, Figurative art, Expressionism, Cubism and also Abstract Art.

The first abstract tendencies were seen in Germany with Wilhem Worringer, who used abstract art, more specifically geometric shapes, as the means to express and portray his fears. Fauve artists had already used pure colours but this technique became even more commonplace in abstract works. The invention of photography also had a key impact on painters as it meant that they became less concerned about their work being realistic. The origins of the abstract movement are difficult to pin down as its several initiatives developed at the same time in several different countries, without any kind of dialogue unifying them.

It was a watercolour by Vassily Kandinsky, the figurehead of the abstract movement, which triggered the shift in artistic attitudes. Like a piece of cacophonous music, shapes and colours create a sense of movement in his abstracts paintings, communicating specific emotions. From this point on, new artists concentrated on trying to depict a ‘contraction of reality’, by simplifying shapes and drawing nothing more than its essence or the underlying idea.

Piet Mondrian decided to work with geometric shapes. As for Malévich, he chose to showcase the invisible in his highly symbolic and spiritual works, including his most famous painting ‘Black Square.’ In his own unique way, Jackson Pollock created nearly 700 impressive modern paintings. His brush rarely ever touching the canvas as he preferred the pouring technique, which involves pouring paint directly onto the painting from a paint pot or stick.

Just like oil painting or abstract sculpture, abstract drawing can come in various different forms. On Artsper, you will find a collection of works made with ink, gouache, watercolour, pen, charcoal, thin lead pencils or felt-tip pens and often on paper. Similar to painting, abstract drawing can highlight shapes, textures, lines or colours. What the artists decide to focus on is dependent on their artistic vision.

Discover abstract drawings by the abstract artists Paul Jenkins, Ellen Priest and Abigail Lazkoz on Artsper.
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ARySQUE, Les Métamorphoses d’Ovide. Genèse. Mise en harmonie du chaos., Fine Art Drawings

ARySQUE

Les Métamorphoses d’Ovide. Genèse. Mise en harmonie du chaos., 2019
10.2 x 7.1 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$335

Speedy Graphito, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Speedy Graphito

Sans titre, 2005
7.1 x 7.1 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$621

Lionel le Jeune, Don Quichotte chargeant, Fine Art Drawings

Lionel le Jeune

Don Quichotte chargeant, 2021
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$186

Tatiana Nega, Move towards form, Fine Art Drawings

Tatiana Nega

Move towards form, 2019
11.8 x 16.5 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$447 $496

Arthur Hent, Self-Portrait 21.43, Fine Art Drawings

Arthur Hent

Self-Portrait 21.43, 2021
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$123

Victoire Le Corre, Sans titre 1, Fine Art Drawings

Victoire Le Corre

Sans titre 1, 2020
7.1 x 7.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$496

LN Le Cheviller, Fifties - carré - 5, Fine Art Drawings

LN Le Cheviller

Fifties - carré - 5, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$372

Michel Morin, Le Jour Entrouvert Son Rideau, Fine Art Drawings

Michel Morin

Le Jour Entrouvert Son Rideau, 1969
24 x 22 x 1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$9,000

Sérgio Sister, Manuscrito, Fine Art Drawings

Sérgio Sister

Manuscrito, 1989
20.1 x 13 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$9,308

Isaure Reynaud, Dis-moi des mots doux, Fine Art Drawings

Isaure Reynaud

Dis-moi des mots doux, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$236

Edouard Prulhiere, Composition sans titre XII, Fine Art Drawings

Edouard Prulhiere

Composition sans titre XII, 2013
47.2 x 27.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,241

Aurel Corjan, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Aurel Corjan

Sans titre, 1993
19.7 x 25.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$993

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre ref (303), Fine Art Drawings

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre ref (303), 2017
13.8 x 13.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$732

Pierre Alechinsky, Restez assis, Fine Art Drawings

Pierre Alechinsky

Restez assis, 1982
8.7 x 10.4 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$15,514

Antony Squizzato, Cœur tendre, Fine Art Drawings

Antony Squizzato

Cœur tendre, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$434

Philippe Buil, Ombre Clochette, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Buil

Ombre Clochette, 2018
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$434

Philippe  Hiquily, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Hiquily

Sans titre, 1961
15.7 x 11 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$11,170

Mathilde de Bellecombe, Falaises, Fine Art Drawings

Mathilde de Bellecombe

Falaises, 2013
3.9 x 3.9 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$161

Hervé Ringer, Sans Titre (DED467011), Fine Art Drawings

Hervé Ringer

Sans Titre (DED467011), 2020
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$174

LN Le Pape, Sans titre (DED166543), Fine Art Drawings

LN Le Pape

Sans titre (DED166543), 2020
5.9 x 5.9 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$62

Jiao Jia Ou Yang, Bonheur, Fine Art Drawings

Jiao Jia Ou Yang

Bonheur, 2020
7.9 x 7.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$410

Fabienne Ribeyrolles, Osmose, Fine Art Drawings

Fabienne Ribeyrolles

Osmose, 2018
22 x 16.5 x 0.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$745

Benoît Mauduech, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Benoît Mauduech

Sans titre, 2019
8.3 x 11.7 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$397

Quik (Lin Felton), Marbles, Fine Art Drawings

Quik (Lin Felton)

Marbles, 2020
11 x 15 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$472

Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Starlight, Fine Art Drawings

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Starlight, 2019
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,390

Tracey Adams, Balancing Act 2, Fine Art Drawings

Tracey Adams

Balancing Act 2, 2016
26 x 20 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,863

Philippe Cognée, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Cognée

Sans titre, 2012
8.3 x 4.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

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Tania Dibbs, Bramble, Fine Art Drawings

Tania Dibbs

Bramble, 2018
69 x 41 x 2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$16,000

Gregor Hildebrandt, In den eigenen vier Wänden wir müssen uns verschwenden, Fine Art Drawings

Gregor Hildebrandt

In den eigenen vier Wänden wir müssen uns verschwenden, 2008
120 x 72 x 3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$49,000

Arman, Watch Gears, Fine Art Drawings

Arman

Watch Gears, 1979
34 x 27 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$25,000

Richard Caldicott, Untitled, 2014 (Id. 382), Fine Art Drawings

Richard Caldicott

Untitled, 2014 (Id. 382), 2014
11.8 x 8.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,791

Ladislas Kijno, Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Ladislas Kijno

Composition, 1960
18.9 x 29.9 x 1.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$5,585

Aurélie Lafourcade, Taches, Fine Art Drawings

Aurélie Lafourcade

Taches, 2019
23.6 x 19.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$807

André Cervera, Journal d'un confiné 40, Fine Art Drawings

André Cervera

Journal d'un confiné 40, 2020
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$348

André Bielen, Synopsie_0355, Fine Art Drawings

André Bielen

Synopsie_0355, 2015
28.7 x 22 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$931

Frédéric Dégranges, Trame 51, Fine Art Drawings

Frédéric Dégranges

Trame 51, 2014
10.6 x 19.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,110

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano 23: Arturo and Elio, Thinking Out Loud, Fine Art Drawings

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano 23: Arturo and Elio, Thinking Out Loud, 2014
32 x 32 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$12,896

Rolf Julius, Some liquid (green) sounds, Fine Art Drawings

Rolf Julius

Some liquid (green) sounds, 2000
11.6 x 9.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,862

Christelle Link, L’Arbre Chamanique, Fine Art Drawings

Christelle Link

L’Arbre Chamanique, 2019
11.4 x 8.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$310

Parmis Sayous, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Parmis Sayous

Sans titre, 2019
39.4 x 27.6 x 2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$4,344

Jean Feinberg, DD2.15, Fine Art Drawings

Jean Feinberg

DD2.15, 2015
14.6 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,075

Jacques Gorde, Personnages, Fine Art Drawings

Jacques Gorde

Personnages, 2006
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,030

Haude Bernabé, Polymorphismes IV, Fine Art Drawings

Haude Bernabé

Polymorphismes IV, 2018
29.9 x 22 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,599

Alessandra Bisi, Devil 4, Fine Art Drawings

Alessandra Bisi

Devil 4, 2018
9.4 x 13.8 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$236

Inge Horup, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Inge Horup

Untitled, 2015
22.4 x 15 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$310

Béatrice Bescond, Fractale 2, Fine Art Drawings

Béatrice Bescond

Fractale 2, 2018
15.4 x 15.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$931

Jaanika Peerna, Spill (Ref 856), Fine Art Drawings

Jaanika Peerna

Spill (Ref 856), 2011
47 x 34 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,726

François Rouan, Sans-titre, Fine Art Drawings

François Rouan

Sans-titre, 2007
12.6 x 9.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,972

Vitaliy Lishko, Portrait / Collage, Fine Art Drawings

Vitaliy Lishko

Portrait / Collage, 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$112 $372

Jan Voss, Sans-titre, Fine Art Drawings

Jan Voss

Sans-titre, 2019
10.2 x 6.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,241

Xanda McCagg, Adjacent 6, Fine Art Drawings

Xanda McCagg

Adjacent 6, 2013
16 x 12 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,146

Audrey Stone, Nb. 8, Fine Art Drawings

Audrey Stone

Nb. 8, 2008
17.3 x 14.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,863

Harald Kröner, 12.06.10, Fine Art Drawings

Harald Kröner

12.06.10, 2010
6.6 x 5.9 x 0.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,204

Daniel Dezeuze, Sans-titre, Fine Art Drawings

Daniel Dezeuze

Sans-titre, 2012
8.3 x 4.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$372

David Stephen Johnson, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

David Stephen Johnson

Untitled, 2020
30 x 22 x 0.5 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$900

Pierre Auville, Deep Horizon, Fine Art Drawings

Pierre Auville

Deep Horizon, 2015
35 x 39.4 x 3.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,866

Our recommendations Emmanuelle Messika, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Emmanuelle Messika

Sans titre, 2017
12.8 x 9.8 x 2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,613

Tilman, Untitled 393.11, Fine Art Drawings

Tilman

Untitled 393.11, 2011
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,863

Marco Maggi, Turner Catalog: Complete Coverage on Gropius (Bauhaus Building, Dessau), Fine Art Drawings

Marco Maggi

Turner Catalog: Complete Coverage on Gropius (Bauhaus Building, Dessau), 2011
11.7 x 8.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$13,250

Joséphin Bastière, Dessin D1, Fine Art Drawings

Joséphin Bastière

Dessin D1, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,234

Ann Thomson, Requiem II, Fine Art Drawings

Ann Thomson

Requiem II, 2005
17.3 x 11.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$372

Bak Bertille, Complaisant 1 (Antigua-et-Barbuda), Fine Art Drawings

Bak Bertille

Complaisant 1 (Antigua-et-Barbuda), 2014
5.1 x 7.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$5,957

Pierre Duclou, Lagune, Fine Art Drawings

Pierre Duclou

Lagune, 2019
19.7 x 25.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,241

Louie Talents, Visual diary 19 : red small series 4, Fine Art Drawings

Louie Talents

Visual diary 19 : red small series 4, 2018
5.9 x 4.1 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$496

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