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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.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Drawings

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Atsuko Ishii, Dress for tea, Fine Art Drawings

Atsuko Ishii

Dress for tea, 2019
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$120

Jéko, Regard à droite, Fine Art Drawings

Jéko

Regard à droite, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,077

M.Chat, C'est pas le Pérou ! HPM 24, Fine Art Drawings

M.Chat

C'est pas le Pérou ! HPM 24, 2020
9.8 x 9.8 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$598

Seen, Looney Lenny with tags, Fine Art Drawings

Seen

Looney Lenny with tags, 2009
4.3 x 3.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,034

Henryk Drzewiecki, Mix 074, Fine Art Drawings

Henryk Drzewiecki

Mix 074, 2019
3 x 2.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$120

Fernand Louis Gottlob, Commérages, Fine Art Drawings

Fernand Louis Gottlob

Commérages, 1901
17.9 x 12.2 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$825

Louis Rheiner, Portrait de l'actrice Eleonora Duse, Fine Art Drawings

Louis Rheiner

Portrait de l'actrice Eleonora Duse, 1922
21.7 x 18.3 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$748

Stéphane Rime, No name 50.40 #39, Fine Art Drawings

Stéphane Rime

No name 50.40 #39, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$120

Philippe Pasqua, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Pasqua

Sans titre, 2010
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,590

Noël Granger, Le coq Marcel, Fine Art Drawings

Noël Granger

Le coq Marcel, 2021
13.8 x 9.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$132

Patsy McArthur, Star Study, Fine Art Drawings

Patsy McArthur

Star Study, 2021
26 x 21.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,290

Stanislav Bojankov, Nocturne CXCXX (Chopin), Fine Art Drawings

Stanislav Bojankov

Nocturne CXCXX (Chopin), 2015
9.8 x 13.8 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$90

Isabelle Pelletane, Love Love 4, Fine Art Drawings

Isabelle Pelletane

Love Love 4, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$778

Éric Mercier Sevin, Vocabulaire, Fine Art Drawings

Éric Mercier Sevin

Vocabulaire, 2013
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$431

Laurent Anastay-Ponsolle, Octobre, the hairless cat III, Fine Art Drawings

Laurent Anastay-Ponsolle

Octobre, the hairless cat III, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,017

LN Le Cheviller, Fifties - carré - 9, Fine Art Drawings

LN Le Cheviller

Fifties - carré - 9, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$359

Sandra Szaja, The confrontation, Fine Art Drawings

Sandra Szaja

The confrontation, 2021
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,197

Menachem Gueffen, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Menachem Gueffen

Sans titre, 1993
16.5 x 11.4 x 2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$347

Nicole Leidenfrost, Stier 2, Fine Art Drawings

Nicole Leidenfrost

Stier 2, 2019
23.5 x 16.5 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$873

Angélique Chesnesec, Oeuvre Graphique, Fine Art Drawings

Angélique Chesnesec

Oeuvre Graphique, 2021
16.5 x 11.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$479

Eric Dedebant, Gitane, Fine Art Drawings

Eric Dedebant

Gitane, 2016
14.6 x 20.9 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$144

Philippe  Hiquily, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Hiquily

Sans titre, 1961
15.7 x 11 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$10,769

Hom Nguyen, Croyance, Fine Art Drawings

Hom Nguyen

Croyance, 2021
31.5 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

10,000 - $ 15,000

Valerio Adami, Violin, Fine Art Drawings

Valerio Adami

Violin, 2005
8.5 x 5.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,017

Arman, Watch Gears, Fine Art Drawings

Arman

Watch Gears, 1979
34 x 27 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$25,000

Our recommendations André Saraiva, We Can Dance! Five Years, Fine Art Drawings

André Saraiva

We Can Dance! Five Years, 2018
10.6 x 7.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,393

Nora Ampova, Sunset at UBA, Fine Art Drawings

Nora Ampova

Sunset at UBA, 2020
7.9 x 7.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$156

Philippe Buil, Ombre Clochette, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Buil

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

$419

Marian Williams, For Your Eyes Only 15, Fine Art Drawings

Marian Williams

For Your Eyes Only 15, 2019
17.5 x 12.4 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$299

Eduardo Arroyo, Sans-titre, Fine Art Drawings

Eduardo Arroyo

Sans-titre, 1959
10.6 x 6.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,376

Alekos Fassianos, La divine Hellade I, Fine Art Drawings

Alekos Fassianos

La divine Hellade I, 2006
13.4 x 9.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,991

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Dessin, Fine Art Drawings

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Dessin, 2019
14.6 x 10.6 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$455

Yaacov Agam, Beyond the Visible, Fine Art Drawings

Yaacov Agam

Beyond the Visible, 1980
10 x 11 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,000

Francine Van Hove, Etude pour Roi, Dame, Valet, Fine Art Drawings

Francine Van Hove

Etude pour Roi, Dame, Valet, 2008
19.7 x 20.5 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,914

Alice de Miramon, La cantatrice, Fine Art Drawings

Alice de Miramon

La cantatrice, 2021
11.8 x 8.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$897

David Stephen Johnson, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

David Stephen Johnson

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

$900

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Etude pour Artaud, Fine Art Drawings

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude pour Artaud, 2000
6.7 x 4.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$7,179

Maiko Kobayashi, Drawing #3-19, Fine Art Drawings

Maiko Kobayashi

Drawing #3-19, 2019
11.6 x 8.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

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Charles Lapicque, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Charles Lapicque

Sans titre, 1966
11.7 x 8.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$897

Wifredo Lam, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Wifredo Lam

Untitled, 1957
22 x 26.5 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$125,000

Sébastien Mérieau, Vieillesse, Fine Art Drawings

Sébastien Mérieau

Vieillesse, 2018
8.7 x 6.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$60

Marika Gysbers, Liberty in progress, Fine Art Drawings

Marika Gysbers

Liberty in progress, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,012 $1,125

Joanna Wiszniewska Domanska, Wind, Fine Art Drawings

Joanna Wiszniewska Domanska

Wind, 2017
13 x 11 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$479

Quik (Lin Felton), Marbles, Fine Art Drawings

Quik (Lin Felton)

Marbles, 2020
11 x 15 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$455

Fabienne Ribeyrolles, Osmose, Fine Art Drawings

Fabienne Ribeyrolles

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

$718

Jolanta Johnsson, Together, Fine Art Drawings

Jolanta Johnsson

Together, 1997
16.5 x 11.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$479

Vladimir Velickovic, Sans-titre, Fine Art Drawings

Vladimir Velickovic

Sans-titre, 2011
15 x 9.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$838

JonOne, Borders, Fine Art Drawings

JonOne

Borders, 2020
11.6 x 16.5 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,615

Boris Pramatarov, The Life Of The Artist, Fine Art Drawings

Boris Pramatarov

The Life Of The Artist, 2020
11.8 x 8.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,393

Rudyard Heaton, Sans titre 14 (DED359712), Fine Art Drawings

Rudyard Heaton

Sans titre 14 (DED359712), 2018
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$287

Cyril Réguerre, Sans titre (DED363315), Fine Art Drawings

Cyril Réguerre

Sans titre (DED363315), 2019
13.8 x 10.6 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$108

Robert Combas, Les yeux fermier !, Fine Art Drawings

Robert Combas

Les yeux fermier !, 2020
18.1 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$17,829

Christelle Link, Amabie, Fine Art Drawings

Christelle Link

Amabie, 2020
16.5 x 10.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$419

Gaby Joséphine, Popeye, Fine Art Drawings

Gaby Joséphine

Popeye, 2019
20.5 x 20.5 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$419

Benoît Mauduech, Diptyque sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Benoît Mauduech

Diptyque sans titre, 2019
15.7 x 55.1 x 1.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,316

Martin Bradley, Mice and strawberries, Fine Art Drawings

Martin Bradley

Mice and strawberries, 2002
16.1 x 18.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,094

Philippe Cognée, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Cognée

Sans titre, 2012
8.3 x 4.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$838

Gwendoline Hausermann, Some girls #2, Fine Art Drawings

Gwendoline Hausermann

Some girls #2, 2019
17.7 x 12.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$897

Barbara Dyoniziak-Stuss, A cottage, Fine Art Drawings

Barbara Dyoniziak-Stuss

A cottage, 1994
19.3 x 23.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$538

Our recommendations Tracey Adams, Balancing Act 2, Fine Art Drawings

Tracey Adams

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

$1,811

Vincent Gicquel, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Vincent Gicquel

Sans titre, 2018
23.6 x 16.5 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,273

André Bielen, Synopsie 0561, Fine Art Drawings

André Bielen

Synopsie 0561, 2015
28.7 x 22 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$808 $897

Sergio Moscona, Arbol genial - Logico, Fine Art Drawings

Sergio Moscona

Arbol genial - Logico, 2016
22 x 15 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,590

Sandra Chevrier, Untitled 14, Fine Art Drawings

Sandra Chevrier

Untitled 14, 2018
23.6 x 18.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$6,222

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