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Abstract Painting

Abstract painting is a form of expression which contrasts with representational art, where capturing the likeness of the subject is presented as the artist's ultimate objective. Abstract painting is in fact the very opposite of figurative art. Even if we are not able to understand the meaning behind an abstract work without additional information, it can nonetheless succeed in conveying a sense of emotion and feeling.

We tend to associate the birth of abstraction with the artist Wassily Kandinsky and the artistic revolution he initiated during the 20th century. As one of the movement's pioneers, he was at the forefront of the breakaway from representational art along with Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian and Kupka. Kandinsky not only shared his views on abstraction through his art but also in his written work. In 1910 he published his book “Concerning the Spiritual in Art" in which he defended the symbolic importance of each of the elements present in painting and which gave each artwork a spiritual dimension. In the same year, he unveiled his first abstract piece, entitled “Abstract watercolour". Abstract art was born. Figurativism had been left to one side in favour of a new movement where artists dealt directly with the intangible and immaterial, without explicitly identifying a subject matter. Several sub-genres started to emerge. Kazimir Malevich became known for his legendary 1915 painting “Black Square", followed by “White on White" in 1918, with which he laid the foundations for Suprematism. Malevich believed that a painting was composed of an ensemble of independent forces which could evolve together in the order to find a sense of harmony and equilibrium within the work. Abstraction can also take on a more lyrical form, especially when accompanied by music. Kandinsky's the “Picture with the Black Arch" is an excellent example of this. The large-scale painting was painted in 1912 and is seen as a marking the turning point for a new era in the history of art.

As well as his work on the composition of shapes and colours, Kandinsky had synesthesia. His condition can be seen as a decisive factor in triggering the artist's desire to create a new artistic language. His senses intertwined and became one, transforming sounds into shapes and colours. Kandinsky's use of colour is much more than a question of aesthetics; it was inherent to the way he perceived the world. In this abstract painting, each colour has been carefully chosen and is filled with symbolic meaning. In his abstract two-dimensional painting, Kandinsky succeeds in ensuring that the spectator can feel and hear an entire orchestra playing a Wagner opera.

Geometric abstraction both stems from and contrasts with lyrical abstraction, which geometric abstract artists summarised as “abstract landscaping". As its name suggests, this new form of abstraction is centred around the use of geometric shapes to create a sense of purity in the painting. Lines, squares, triangles and circles all collide with the use of bold, block colours on a two-dimensional surface. Kupka was one of the movement's leading figures but nonetheless did not want to be associated with it, believing that art should be the very opposite of abstract; it should be concrete and real. Alongside him, Mondrian laid the foundations for geometric abstraction with his characteristic use of neat shapes and rectangles. The artist developed his unique style by structuring his paintings around an underlying orthogonal grid and using sharp right angles.

And last but not least, it is important to remember the influence that both Robert and Sonia Delaunay had on the development of abstraction. The couple seduced the French critic and poet Guillaume Apollinaire with their circular shapes and use of colour. Apollinaire christened their art Orphism, a reference to the mythological Greek figure Orpheus as well as to the title of one of his own poems, which he felt was reminiscent of the 'luminous language' conveyed in their paintings. In this regard, Orphism seems to have more in common with lyrical rather than geometric abstraction.

Although abstract art marked a decisive break from prior artistic traditions, the movement can also be seen as the inevitable and logical result of the work and thinking of previous artists. At the start of the century the Fauvist movement explored the importance of colour, whilst the Cubists started to deconstruct shapes and play with geometry. In a similar way, German Expressionism, which was born in 1905, encouraged the idea that independent emotions, detached from reality, should be the focus of an artist's work. Thanks to abstraction, modern art has been able to excel and reach its very peak. By no longer focusing on physical subjects, artists are no longer limited to representing recognisable reality. Abstract art has a universal language to share and convey. Since its beginnings, abstraction has been significantly shared across the world and has contributed a great deal to contemporary thinking today.

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Jéko, Sand, Painting


Sand, 2021
16.1 x 13 x 0.8 inch


Nathanael Koffi, De deux, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

De deux, 2021
45.7 x 35 x 1.2 inch


Ronald Hunter, Boiling bubbles light, Painting

Ronald Hunter

Boiling bubbles light, 2021
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Liora, Traffic 2, Painting


Traffic 2, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch


Xiu, Composition 308, Painting


Composition 308, 2021
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Antonino Puliafico, Riflessi di monti, Painting

Antonino Puliafico

Riflessi di monti, 2021
27.6 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Pierre Fillastre, N226, Painting

Pierre Fillastre

N226, 2020
25.6 x 21.3 inch


Gina Vor, Abstract No 17, Painting

Gina Vor

Abstract No 17, 2021
11.6 x 8.3 x 0.1 inch


Stoz, Over the top 008, Painting


Over the top 008, 2021
23.6 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Claude Viallat, 414, Painting

Claude Viallat

414, 2019
52 x 28 x 0.2 inch


Etienne Quesnay, Dormir avec ses doutes, Painting

Etienne Quesnay

Dormir avec ses doutes, 2021
12.2 x 9.1 inch


Jérémie Iordanoff, Untitled 765, Painting

Jérémie Iordanoff

Untitled 765, 2021
31.9 x 39.4 inch


Âme Sauvage, Œuvre galactique, Painting

Âme Sauvage

Œuvre galactique, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Thierry Zdzieblo, ZDZ1123, Painting

Thierry Zdzieblo

ZDZ1123, 2021
23.6 x 63 x 0.8 inch


Manuela Karin Knaut, Reflections, Painting

Manuela Karin Knaut

Reflections, 2021
78.7 x 55.1 inch


Yichao Sun, Bleu I, Painting

Yichao Sun

Bleu I, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Rafiy Okefolahan, Sans titre, Painting

Rafiy Okefolahan

Sans titre, 2021
25.2 x 19.3 x 0.8 inch


Tommaso Fattovich, Bloom, Painting

Tommaso Fattovich

Bloom, 2021
60 x 48 inch


Cécile Desserle, Turbulence, Painting

Cécile Desserle

Turbulence, 2021
45.7 x 35 x 1.2 inch


Marta Zawadzka, Paris, Painting

Marta Zawadzka

Paris, 2021
47.2 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch


Nikolaos Schizas, Caribbean beach, Painting

Nikolaos Schizas

Caribbean beach, 2021
39.4 x 31.5 inch


Kirill Postovit, In The Forest Of A Dream, Painting

Kirill Postovit

In The Forest Of A Dream, 2021
63 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Xavier Albert Fiala, L'Architecte, Painting

Xavier Albert Fiala

L'Architecte, 1952
45.7 x 35 x 0.4 inch


Mireille Hottinger, N2, Painting

Mireille Hottinger

N2, 2021
5.1 x 5.1 inch


Guillaume Allemand, Innocence XXXXIV (GA46), Painting

Guillaume Allemand

Innocence XXXXIV (GA46), 2021
19.7 x 46.9 x 0.8 inch


Ralph Resch, Sans titre, Painting

Ralph Resch

Sans titre, 2021
31.9 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch


Michel Castanet (Mica), N°974, Painting

Michel Castanet (Mica)

N°974, 2021
51.2 x 38.2 inch


MacAmnaub, Composition abstraite, Painting


Composition abstraite, 1990
51.2 x 38.2 x 0.8 inch


Marie-Dominique Willemot, A la Folie, Painting

Marie-Dominique Willemot

A la Folie, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Olivier Messas, Liberté… (série: Expression libre), Painting

Olivier Messas

Liberté… (série: Expression libre), 2021
43.3 x 43.3 x 0.4 inch


JP Malot, Street ghost Paris city, Painting

JP Malot

Street ghost Paris city, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Jan Wysocky, Rain, Painting

Jan Wysocky

Rain, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Bang Hai Ja, Printemps, Painting

Bang Hai Ja

Printemps, 2020
56.3 x 29.1 inch


Ghost Art, Abstract circle, Painting

Ghost Art

Abstract circle, 2020
59.1 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch


David Ferreira, Code Barre, Painting

David Ferreira

Code Barre, 2021
39.4 x 59.1 x 0.8 inch


Hazel Morris Nungarrayi, Yarungkanyi Jukurrpa (Mt Doreen Dreaming), Painting

Hazel Morris Nungarrayi

Yarungkanyi Jukurrpa (Mt Doreen Dreaming), 2020
29.9 x 24 inch


Philippe Halaburda, Into the Faiinn 6, Painting

Philippe Halaburda

Into the Faiinn 6, 2021
24 x 18.1 inch


David Jehan (B.boss), Foule multicolore, Painting

David Jehan (B.boss)

Foule multicolore, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Jonathan Pradillon, Matrice or orange rouge grise iridescente, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Matrice or orange rouge grise iridescente, 2021
31.5 x 15.7 x 0.6 inch

$184 $205

Michael Grine, Happy Sun, Painting

Michael Grine

Happy Sun, 2021
24 x 18 x 0.1 inch


Vitaliy Lishko, Chairs / Painting, Painting

Vitaliy Lishko

Chairs / Painting, 2021
27.6 x 70.9 x 0.8 inch

$2,025 $3,375

Karl Lagasse, To rob a bank, Painting

Karl Lagasse

To rob a bank, 2021
35.8 x 24 x 0.8 inch


Viktoria Ganhao, Blue and black., Painting

Viktoria Ganhao

Blue and black., 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Mario Henrique, Spontaneous Ballerina no. 2, Series XVIII, Painting

Mario Henrique

Spontaneous Ballerina no. 2, Series XVIII, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Ulrike Nagel, Le parfait consiste en choses rondes, Painting

Ulrike Nagel

Le parfait consiste en choses rondes, 2014
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Brian Bartlett, Portland Bill, Painting

Brian Bartlett

Portland Bill, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch


Tiny de Bruin, Silence is golden, Painting

Tiny de Bruin

Silence is golden, 2021
45.7 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch


Jane Grieco, Arca de Noé -, Painting

Jane Grieco

Arca de Noé -, 2021
19.3 x 19.3 x 0.4 inch

$844 $1,205

Yaroslava Neli Shai, Geisha, Painting

Yaroslava Neli Shai

Geisha, 2021
47.2 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Marc Prat, Mask in pinks and blue, Painting

Marc Prat

Mask in pinks and blue, 2019
51.2 x 37.4 x 1.2 inch


Guillaume Vervandier, Abstraction #65, Painting

Guillaume Vervandier

Abstraction #65, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Did Dontzoff, Sans titre, Painting

Did Dontzoff

Sans titre, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 inch


Daniela Pasqualini, Simply Pleasure III, Painting

Daniela Pasqualini

Simply Pleasure III, 2021
24 x 24 x 1.5 inch


Charlotte Pivard, Sublimation, Painting

Charlotte Pivard

Sublimation, 2021
31.5 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Tamara Bakhshinyan, Abstraction of Love II, Painting

Tamara Bakhshinyan

Abstraction of Love II, 2020
28.3 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch


Maria Esmar, Voyage, Painting

Maria Esmar

Voyage, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch


Ladislas Kijno, Composition, ca, Painting

Ladislas Kijno

Composition, ca, 1980
11.4 x 8.7 x 0.1 inch


J/Y Delaunay-Israël, Fugue 1/34, Painting

J/Y Delaunay-Israël

Fugue 1/34, 2016
15.7 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Marcel Jungvirt, In The Beginning (The Day), Painting

Marcel Jungvirt

In The Beginning (The Day), 2021
39.4 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Florence V. Henric, Beaume apaisant, Painting

Florence V. Henric

Beaume apaisant, 2021
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Marc Thivierge, J'ai planté un arbre pour toi, Painting

Marc Thivierge

J'ai planté un arbre pour toi, 2021
40.2 x 29.9 x 0.8 inch


Théo Lopez, Straight Mood, Painting

Théo Lopez

Straight Mood, 2020
23.6 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


Jean Miotte, Sans Titre, Painting

Jean Miotte

Sans Titre, 1990
10.6 x 25.2 x 0.8 inch


Isabelle Fournet, Écume, Méditerranée, Painting

Isabelle Fournet

Écume, Méditerranée, 2021
31.5 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch


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