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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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Liora, Lumière, Painting

Liora

Lumière, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$603

Jéko, Sand, Painting

Jéko

Sand, 2021
16.1 x 13 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,145

Ronald Hunter, Traffic Pink, Painting

Ronald Hunter

Traffic Pink, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$916

Antonino Puliafico, Riflessi di monti, Painting

Antonino Puliafico

Riflessi di monti, 2021
27.6 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,266

Pierre Fillastre, N226, Painting

Pierre Fillastre

N226, 2020
25.6 x 21.3 inch
Painting

Sold

Nathanael Koffi, Red carpet, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

Red carpet, 2021
17.5 x 12.6 x 1.7 inch
Painting

$844

Stoz, Spray Stoz 2, Painting

Stoz

Spray Stoz 2, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.4 inch
Painting

Sold

Gina Vor, Abstract No 17, Painting

Gina Vor

Abstract No 17, 2021
11.6 x 8.3 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$121

Ninu, Alu Color, Painting

Ninu

Alu Color, 2021
11.8 x 11.8 x 2 inch
Painting

$482

Thérèse Bosc, Rêve II, Painting

Thérèse Bosc

Rêve II, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$1,157

Claude Viallat, 414, Painting

Claude Viallat

414, 2019
52 x 28 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$15,428

Âme Sauvage, Œuvre galactique, Painting

Âme Sauvage

Œuvre galactique, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,049

Jérémie Iordanoff, Untitled 769, Painting

Jérémie Iordanoff

Untitled 769, 2021
23.6 x 31.9 inch
Painting

$1,411

Xavier Albert Fiala, Phoebus, Painting

Xavier Albert Fiala

Phoebus, 1945
45.7 x 35 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,093

Yichao Sun, Bleu I, Painting

Yichao Sun

Bleu I, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$723

Goulwen (Leyto) Mahé, Sans titre, Painting

Goulwen (Leyto) Mahé

Sans titre, 2014
36.2 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,989

Manuela Karin Knaut, Reflections, Painting

Manuela Karin Knaut

Reflections, 2021
78.7 x 55.1 inch
Painting

$7,621

Marie-Edmée Séguin, Croquis, Painting

Marie-Edmée Séguin

Croquis, 2012
11.8 x 9.4 inch
Painting

$482

Andrew Weir, The sleepless nites of a landlocked cosmonaut, Painting

Andrew Weir

The sleepless nites of a landlocked cosmonaut, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Painting

$964

Thierry Zdzieblo, ZDZ1123, Painting

Thierry Zdzieblo

ZDZ1123, 2021
23.6 x 63 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,772

Olivier Toma, S'il suffisait d'un geste d'amour !, Painting

Olivier Toma

S'il suffisait d'un geste d'amour !, 2021
15.7 x 35.4 inch
Painting

$1,193

Ralph Resch, River, Painting

Ralph Resch

River, 2021
39.4 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,073

Tommaso Fattovich, Bloom, Painting

Tommaso Fattovich

Bloom, 2021
60 x 48 inch
Painting

$9,879

Cécile Desserle, Turbulence, Painting

Cécile Desserle

Turbulence, 2021
45.7 x 35 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,098

Mireille Hottinger, N2, Painting

Mireille Hottinger

N2, 2021
5.1 x 5.1 inch
Painting

$235

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
Painting

$4,820

David Ferreira, Mikatoto Jaune, Painting

David Ferreira

Mikatoto Jaune, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,290

Guillaume Allemand, Innocence XXXXIV (GA46), Painting

Guillaume Allemand

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

$4,821

Marie-Dominique Willemot, A la Folie, Painting

Marie-Dominique Willemot

A la Folie, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Painting

$1,073

MacAmnaub, Composition abstraite, Painting

MacAmnaub

Composition abstraite, 1990
51.2 x 38.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,186

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
Painting

$205

Michael Grine, Happy Sun, Painting

Michael Grine

Happy Sun, 2021
24 x 18 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$300

Nikolaos Schizas, From Asia with love!, Painting

Nikolaos Schizas

From Asia with love!, 2021
51.2 x 38.2 inch
Painting

$4,657

Michel Castanet (Mica), N°800, Painting

Michel Castanet (Mica)

N°800, 2020
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$2,411

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
Painting

$500

Jan Wysocky, Rain, Painting

Jan Wysocky

Rain, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,446

Viktoria Ganhao, Red., Painting

Viktoria Ganhao

Red., 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,326

Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarreye, Yam Seeds in my Grandmother’s Country, Painting

Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarreye

Yam Seeds in my Grandmother’s Country, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$5,062

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

David Jehan (B.boss)

Foule multicolore, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,193

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

Olivier Messas

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

$3,134

Renjie Gao, Portrait No.3, Painting

Renjie Gao

Portrait No.3, 2021
23.6 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,205

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

Hazel Morris Nungarrayi

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

$1,085

Tiny de Bruin, Come on let's meet again, Painting

Tiny de Bruin

Come on let's meet again, 2021
27.6 x 55.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$2,121

Gor Avetisyan, Mystic Feeling I, Painting

Gor Avetisyan

Mystic Feeling I, 2020
13.4 x 13.4 inch
Painting

$398

Karl Lagasse, To rob a bank, Painting

Karl Lagasse

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

$186,822

Brian Bartlett, Portland Bill, Painting

Brian Bartlett

Portland Bill, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,694

Charlotte Pivard, La grande moucherolle, Painting

Charlotte Pivard

La grande moucherolle, 2021
31.5 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$603

Jane Grieco, Arca de Noé -, Painting

Jane Grieco

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

$844 $1,205

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
Painting

$3,857

Daniela Pasqualini, Simply Pleasure III, Painting

Daniela Pasqualini

Simply Pleasure III, 2021
24 x 24 x 1.5 inch
Painting

$700

Marc Prat, Shade mask, Painting

Marc Prat

Shade mask, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 2 inch
Painting

$603

Guillaume Vervandier, Abstraction #65, Painting

Guillaume Vervandier

Abstraction #65, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$952

Florence V. Henric, Exil, Painting

Florence V. Henric

Exil, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$651

Maria Esmar, Voyage, Painting

Maria Esmar

Voyage, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$723

Bobby.J, Constante Abyssale, Painting

Bobby.J

Constante Abyssale, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$540 $844

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
Painting

Sold

Tamara Bakhshinyan, Abstraction of Love II, Painting

Tamara Bakhshinyan

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

$832

Irene Mahon, Bulles, Painting

Irene Mahon

Bulles, 2021
19.7 x 24 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$579

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
Painting

$1,302

Hayvon, Red liquides, Painting

Hayvon

Red liquides, 2021
23.6 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$458

Yaroslava Neli Shai, Geisha, Painting

Yaroslava Neli Shai

Geisha, 2021
47.2 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,375

Francesca Borgo, A passage to light, Painting

Francesca Borgo

A passage to light, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$810

Edouard Guiounet, Grant Rohloff tribute, Painting

Edouard Guiounet

Grant Rohloff tribute, 2021
39.4 x 28.7 x 0.9 inch
Painting

$759 $844

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
Painting

$1,235

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