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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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Yrak, Immergée, Painting


Immergée, 2018
55.1 x 55.1 x 2 inch

$5,122 $5,691

JonOne, Preserved conserved, Painting


Preserved conserved, 2020
39.4 x 33.1 x 0.8 inch


Ronald Hunter, Yellow panels original, Painting

Ronald Hunter

Yellow panels original, 2021
23.6 x 59.1 x 0.8 inch


Antonino Puliafico, Crepitio di foglie, Painting

Antonino Puliafico

Crepitio di foglie, 2021
35.4 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans Titre Ref (283), Painting

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans Titre Ref (283), 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Gina Vor, Moonlight, Painting

Gina Vor

Moonlight, 2018
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.2 inch

$243 $304

Yann Guinchan, Sans titre - TAF668758, Painting

Yann Guinchan

Sans titre - TAF668758, 2021
38.2 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch


Bze Bzeland, Carpe Diem, Painting

Bze Bzeland

Carpe Diem, 2021
16.5 x 11.7 inch


Liora, Portoferraio, Painting


Portoferraio, 2021
23.6 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Leslie Berthet Laval, Blue City I, Painting

Leslie Berthet Laval

Blue City I, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 inch


Aurélie Lafourcade, Nu sur mur gratté, Painting

Aurélie Lafourcade

Nu sur mur gratté, 2020
55.1 x 31.5 inch


Rosalie Ballester, Le chant de la planète rouge, Painting

Rosalie Ballester

Le chant de la planète rouge, 2021
51.2 x 38.2 inch


Tracey Adams, Sattva 39, Painting

Tracey Adams

Sattva 39, 2021
34 x 26 inch


Olivier Debré, Ocre foncé trace violet, Painting

Olivier Debré

Ocre foncé trace violet, 1967
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch

25,000 - $ 50,000

Arvid Boecker, #1409, Painting

Arvid Boecker

#1409, 2021
19.7 x 15.7 x 2.2 inch


Maryse Chatron Kriloff, Spectre Solaire, Painting

Maryse Chatron Kriloff

Spectre Solaire, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 inch


Daniel Despothuis, Peinture N°20, Painting

Daniel Despothuis

Peinture N°20, 2005
31.9 x 25.6 inch


Wenyu Zhu, Anthropognese 1, Painting

Wenyu Zhu

Anthropognese 1, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch


Jean Rouzaud, Sans titre, Painting

Jean Rouzaud

Sans titre, 1986
31.7 x 25.4 x 0.8 inch


André Bielen, Fin de ronde, Painting

André Bielen

Fin de ronde, 2021
19.7 x 39.4 inch


Dann Aubert, Plexi’ Dann 2021. 04. 20, Painting

Dann Aubert

Plexi’ Dann 2021. 04. 20, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Poonam Choudhary, I made a resolve, Painting

Poonam Choudhary

I made a resolve, 2021
24 x 18 x 2 inch


Patricia de Boysson, La lueur, Painting

Patricia de Boysson

La lueur, 2014
31.5 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch

$5,691 $6,324

Nikolaos Schizas, Welcome spring, Painting

Nikolaos Schizas

Welcome spring, 2021
45.7 x 57.5 inch


Sarah White Napurrurla, Janmarda Jukurrpa (Bush Onion Dreaming), Painting

Sarah White Napurrurla

Janmarda Jukurrpa (Bush Onion Dreaming), 2017
48 x 24 inch


Marie-Edmée Séguin, Il Est Temps De Rallumer Les Etoiles n°26, Painting

Marie-Edmée Séguin

Il Est Temps De Rallumer Les Etoiles n°26, 2019
28.7 x 59.1 inch


Âme Sauvage, Le souffle du vent, Painting

Âme Sauvage

Le souffle du vent, 2021
28.7 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Andrew Weir, Her living room with a memory, Painting

Andrew Weir

Her living room with a memory, 2021
18.9 x 14.2 x 0 inch


Mireille Hottinger, Austrinae, Painting

Mireille Hottinger

Austrinae, 2018
31.5 x 23.6 inch


Stéphane Rime, No name 50.40 Carte Marine #54, Painting

Stéphane Rime

No name 50.40 Carte Marine #54, 2021
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Marie-Dominique Willemot, Bleu I, Painting

Marie-Dominique Willemot

Bleu I, 2021
7.9 x 7.9 inch


Jean-Marc Hunt, Baron Gris, Painting

Jean-Marc Hunt

Baron Gris, 2015
47.2 x 37.4 x 0.8 inch


Florence Nérisson, Vers un Monde Nouveau n°1, Painting

Florence Nérisson

Vers un Monde Nouveau n°1, 2020
19.7 x 25.6 inch


Sophie Théodose, Sable Blanc, Painting

Sophie Théodose

Sable Blanc, 2021
8.7 x 8.7 inch


Dana Gordon, Same Time, Same Place, Painting

Dana Gordon

Same Time, Same Place, 2021
40 x 60 inch


Emily Berger, Blue note, Painting

Emily Berger

Blue note, 2020
12 x 9 inch


Ghazi Baker, Coffee and Doughnuts, Painting

Ghazi Baker

Coffee and Doughnuts, 2019
47.2 x 59.1 inch


Yichao Sun, Violet, Painting

Yichao Sun

Violet, 2021
59.1 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch

$3,187 $3,541

Ralph Resch, Porlligat, Painting

Ralph Resch

Porlligat, 2020
35 x 45.7 x 1.2 inch


Katy Wright, London St. Paul's, Painting

Katy Wright

London St. Paul's, 2021
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Christine Lacour, Immensité du presque rien, Painting

Christine Lacour

Immensité du presque rien, 2021
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Athena Granites Nangala, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, Painting

Athena Granites Nangala

Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch


Frédérique Barba, Untitled 91, Painting

Frédérique Barba

Untitled 91, 2021
51.2 x 35 x 0.8 inch


Jonathan Pradillon, Texture Couteau Verte Iridescente, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture Couteau Verte Iridescente, 2021
24 x 19.7 x 0.6 inch


Sophie Lormeau, Cœur d'artichaut, Painting

Sophie Lormeau

Cœur d'artichaut, 2015
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.2 inch


Valma White Nakamarra, Valma White Nakamarra, Painting

Valma White Nakamarra

Valma White Nakamarra, 2019
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch


Jéko, 4 parts, Painting


4 parts, 2021
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Gergana Tabakova, Have a Look, Painting

Gergana Tabakova

Have a Look, 2020
31.5 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Perrotte, Igun, Painting


Igun, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1 inch


Cope2, Pink Bubble, Painting


Pink Bubble, 2021
35 x 53.1 x 1.2 inch


Tic, Composer, Painting


Composer, 2021
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.7 inch


Olivier Messas, Sous le soleil, Painting

Olivier Messas

Sous le soleil, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Michael Grine, Unbelievable, Painting

Michael Grine

Unbelievable, 2021
36 x 24 x 1.5 inch


Georges Myral, Assemblage #14, Painting

Georges Myral

Assemblage #14, 2020
51.2 x 47.2 x 2 inch


Yaacov Agam, Rainbow Star of David, Painting

Yaacov Agam

Rainbow Star of David, 1970
12 x 12 inch


Saverio Filioli Uranio, Genesi, Painting

Saverio Filioli Uranio

Genesi, 2021
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.6 inch


Alessandra Bisi, Yellow earth (Collection the sun comes out), Painting

Alessandra Bisi

Yellow earth (Collection the sun comes out), 2021
8.3 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Irena Tone, Violet: alone, Painting

Irena Tone

Violet: alone, 2021
20 x 16 x 0.8 inch

$398 $443

Caroline Vis, Pure love, Painting

Caroline Vis

Pure love, 2021
59.1 x 66.9 x 0.8 inch


Yohan Storti, Creep, Painting

Yohan Storti

Creep, 2021
25.6 x 39.4 x 1 inch

$1,821 $2,277

John Matos Crash, Untitled Acrylic on Canvas, Painting

John Matos Crash

Untitled Acrylic on Canvas, 2005
24 x 24 inch


Maria Esmar, E pluribus unum, Painting

Maria Esmar

E pluribus unum, 2021
55.1 x 70.9 x 2 inch


Méryl B, MB 46, Painting

Méryl B

MB 46, 2021
35 x 45.7 x 0.8 inch


Tim Marsh, Neon, Painting

Tim Marsh

Neon, 2019
51.2 x 63.8 x 1.6 inch

$2,036 $2,909

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