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Perfect Symmetry

We all remember studying symmetry at school: practicing folding a shape along an axis, so the two halves match up.


Whether it's the wings of a butterfly, a leaf from a tree, an individual snowflake or a flawless face; symmetry is truly everywhere. Artists have always been inspired by nature and their surroundings, and like the varying depictions of nature throughout art history, artists have been equally inspired by symmetry in their respective movements.


Since the 17th century, “French formal garden" landscapers have applied mathematical laws of symmetry when designing gardens. They create an axis that crosses the length of the garden, from which they draw diagonal and perpendicular axes in order to organise the distribution of plants. Box hedges and planting beds are resized into perfectly symmetrical shapes, which can be seen in the reigning example of French formal gardening; Versailles. As a result, an incredible sense of harmony is created, and is still achieved today through Le Notre's genius landscaping strategies. The Garden “à la française" evolved from the French Renaissance garden, a style which was inspired by the Italian Renaissance garden at the beginning of the 16th century. The gardens were designed to represent the two ideals of the Renaissance; harmony and order.


Symmetry has transcended the boundaries of time, location and religion, where even the most famous structures in the world observe strict perspective and symmetry rules. The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is over 4500 years old, and yet its square foundation was still built on 4 axes of symmetry. Meanwhile the Taj Mahal in India was also planned with an emphasis on bilateral symmetry, running along a central axis of the main features. Bilateral symmetry emphasises ideas of pairing, and reflects intellectual and spiritual notions of universal harmony.


Some film directors swear by a symmetrical plan when creating a movie, which can be seen in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and Darjeeling Limited or Stanley Kubrick's The Shining and A Clockwork Orange.  Symmetry has undoubtedly inspired all areas of the arts, and is especially prevalent in painting and photography, where it brings a long sought after harmony to the works.


French artist and symmetry enthousiast, Angélique Robin, produces drawings that can take up to 12-30 hours to complete. Her series, Meat, was created with felt pen and Chinese black ink. Her kaleidoscopic images are inspired by photos of corpses, naked women and pieces of meat. It is as though she is projecting her works into an alternate dimension, where she seeks to materialise ideas of perversion, corruption and lust.


Photographer, Oliver Pinchart, captures shots of buildings like the Picasso Museum and the Place des Victoires in Paris. He then deforms and manipulates these images along two vertical and horizontal axes. This allows him to achieve similar visual effects to sci-fi films such as Christopher Nolan's, Inception.

Let yourself be enchanted by the laws of symmetry through our unique selection of works which includes, paintings, photographs and drawings. Find the work of internationally renowned artists such as Vasarely, Philippe Decrausat and Invader on Artsper now.

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Carlos Cruz-Diez, Couleur additive série 14, Painting

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Couleur additive série 14, 2009
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$79,006

Hei Yue, Ciel Terre Humain, Photography

Hei Yue

Ciel Terre Humain, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,337

Espen Rasmussen, Pain, Photography

Espen Rasmussen

Pain, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,337

Jean-Paul Carbonel, Faisceau cercles VI, Painting

Jean-Paul Carbonel

Faisceau cercles VI, 2007
33.5 x 49.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,525

Our recommendations Philippe Decrauzat, Delay (square on the angles to white / 24), Painting

Philippe Decrauzat

Delay (square on the angles to white / 24), 2017
84.3 x 84.3 inch
Painting

$60,531

François Houtin, Cabane n°19, Painting

François Houtin

Cabane n°19, 2012
11.4 x 11.4 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$4,376

Our recommendations Pius Fox, Schattenspiegelung, Painting

Pius Fox

Schattenspiegelung, 2013
51.2 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$8,022

Lauric Gourbal, Distillerie, Photography

Lauric Gourbal

Distillerie, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,032

Carlos Amorales, Mariposas Negras 1, Print

Carlos Amorales

Mariposas Negras 1, 2008
44.9 x 34.6 inch
Print

$1,823

Gregorio Siem, Sphere Orange and Blue - Variable Code, Sculpture

Gregorio Siem

Sphere Orange and Blue - Variable Code, 2019
27.6 x 26.8 x 26.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,171

Toni Erm, Want to Be One of Many?, Painting

Toni Erm

Want to Be One of Many?, 2016
40 x 60 inch
Painting

$4,000

Jimmy de Bock, Walking 1, Photography

Jimmy de Bock

Walking 1, 2011
19.7 x 29.5 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$2,431

René Lamoureux, Géométrie, Painting

René Lamoureux

Géométrie, 1970
22.8 x 44.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,309

Angélique Robin, Eve, Fine Art Drawings

Angélique Robin

Eve, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$972

Marta Marcé, Now & Ever # 49, Painting

Marta Marcé

Now & Ever # 49, 2015
21.7 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$3,403

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Wide Awake, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Wide Awake, 2020
24 x 18.1 x 0 inch
Print

$851

Victor Vasarely, Bianco, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Bianco, 1987
52 x 52 x 1 inch
Painting

$350,000

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Induction du Jaune Tepuy 1, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Induction du Jaune Tepuy 1, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$8,508

Rafal Olbinski, Two trees, Print

Rafal Olbinski

Two trees, 2020
9.4 x 7.1 inch
Print

$547

Franck Doat, Collection "Paris Autrement" / Winstorm, Photography

Franck Doat

Collection "Paris Autrement" / Winstorm, 2012
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$3,646

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Induction du Jaune Rioja , Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Induction du Jaune Rioja , 2014
19.7 x 31.1 inch
Print

$10,939

Daniela Pasqualini, Muted Waves, Painting

Daniela Pasqualini

Muted Waves, 2020
36 x 36 x 1 inch
Painting

$2,200

Daniela Pasqualini, Paesaggio Poetico XXIII, Painting

Daniela Pasqualini

Paesaggio Poetico XXIII, 2021
24 x 24 x 1 inch
Painting

$700

Dan Levenson, Sira Notz, Painting

Dan Levenson

Sira Notz, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Dan Levenson, Renata Bliggensdorfer, Painting

Dan Levenson

Renata Bliggensdorfer, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Our recommendations Dan Levenson, Pirmin Wunderli, Painting

Dan Levenson

Pirmin Wunderli, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$3,200

Fabrizio La Torre, Mezzogiorno al Pantheon, 1 & 2, Rome, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Mezzogiorno al Pantheon, 1 & 2, Rome, 1958
22.4 x 26.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$2,820

Patrick Blanc, Sailing Art, Photography

Patrick Blanc

Sailing Art, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$2,188

Arthur Hent, Self-Portrait 20.81, Fine Art Drawings

Arthur Hent

Self-Portrait 20.81, 2020
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$120

Arthur Hent, Self-Portrait 20.63, Fine Art Drawings

Arthur Hent

Self-Portrait 20.63, 2020
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$158

Jean-Paul Carbonel, Carf VI, Painting

Jean-Paul Carbonel

Carf VI, 2007
40.6 x 40.6 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$3,890

Sean MacLeod, Arabesque, Photography

Sean MacLeod

Arabesque, 2002
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,823

Gaël Rouxeville, Aôm (Masque), Sculpture

Gaël Rouxeville

Aôm (Masque), 2017
18.9 x 11 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,446

Gaël Rouxeville, Enigme, Sculpture

Gaël Rouxeville

Enigme, 2001
2.4 x 9.1 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,945

Marcin Kowalik, Studio, Painting

Marcin Kowalik

Studio, 2019
78.7 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$6,928

Barry Cawston, Avalon, Photography

Barry Cawston

Avalon, 2018
35.4 x 78.7 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$3,765

Clément Reisky, Nouvelle cathédrale, Photography

Clément Reisky

Nouvelle cathédrale, 2013
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,059

Reinhard Gorner, Upper Lusatian Library of Sciences, Görlitz, Photography

Reinhard Gorner

Upper Lusatian Library of Sciences, Görlitz, 2018
50 x 55.5 inch
Photography

$5,105

Reinhard Gorner, Sainte Geneviève Library, Paris, Photography

Reinhard Gorner

Sainte Geneviève Library, Paris, 2018
50 x 59.4 inch
Photography

$5,105

Our recommendations Reinhard Gorner, Assemblée Nationale Il, Paris, Photography

Reinhard Gorner

Assemblée Nationale Il, Paris, 2018
50 x 62.6 inch
Photography

$5,105

Barbara Todd, Cinema Art, River Street, Troy, NY, March 27, Painting

Barbara Todd

Cinema Art, River Street, Troy, NY, March 27, 2015
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$1,600

Roman Koenig, Urbanisme en Fusion 2, Print

Roman Koenig

Urbanisme en Fusion 2, 2017
35.4 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Print

$2,188

Jules Engel, Golden X, Painting

Jules Engel

Golden X, 1970
12 x 12 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$2,500

Ryszard Gieryszewski, An illusion, Print

Ryszard Gieryszewski

An illusion, 2011
25.2 x 16.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$912

Ryszard Gieryszewski, A road - vertical division, Print

Ryszard Gieryszewski

A road - vertical division, 2007
19.3 x 15.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$912

Carlos Amorales, Mariposas Negras 3, Print

Carlos Amorales

Mariposas Negras 3, 2008
44.9 x 34.6 inch
Print

$1,823

Florentina Otari, This too will pass, Painting

Florentina Otari

This too will pass, 2019
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,431

Jesus Chamizo, Stairs 2, Photography

Jesus Chamizo

Stairs 2, 2016
51.2 x 36.6 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$2,990

Tony Ellwood, In No Time #11, Photography

Tony Ellwood

In No Time #11, 2012
29.9 x 39.8 inch
Photography

$1,580

Ramón David Morales, El Mihrab de mi pueblo, AL-Ándalus, Painting

Ramón David Morales

El Mihrab de mi pueblo, AL-Ándalus, 2015
57.5 x 44.9 inch
Painting

$4,254

Dasha Pears, XXX, Photography

Dasha Pears

XXX, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$2,419

Dasha Pears, Whisper, Photography

Dasha Pears

Whisper, 2016
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,203

Mick Finch, Two Way Switch, Painting

Mick Finch

Two Way Switch, 1997
63.8 x 44.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$5,956

Roger-François Thépot, 1979 Noir Orange Black, Painting

Roger-François Thépot

1979 Noir Orange Black, 1979
12.6 x 2.8 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$1,155

Our recommendations José Manuel Ballester, Puente Dujiangyan, Photography

José Manuel Ballester

Puente Dujiangyan, 2011
70.9 x 106.3 inch
Photography

$30,995

Angélique Robin, Lust, Fine Art Drawings

Angélique Robin

Lust, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$729

Angélique Robin, Kitty, the forbidden meat, Fine Art Drawings

Angélique Robin

Kitty, the forbidden meat, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$851

Marta Marcé, Now & Ever # 51, Painting

Marta Marcé

Now & Ever # 51, 2015
21.7 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$3,403

Victor Vasarely, Dia-or, Print

Victor Vasarely

Dia-or, 1970
22 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Okuda, + Eye Mask (I), Painting

Okuda

+ Eye Mask (I), 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Painting

Sold

Yaacov Agam, Stars of Hope. Bicentennial, Print

Yaacov Agam

Stars of Hope. Bicentennial, 1976
12.6 x 38.6 x 2.8 inch
Print

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Yaacov Agam, Vertical orchestration. Gold series, Print

Yaacov Agam

Vertical orchestration. Gold series, 1979
36.2 x 16.9 x 1.2 inch
Print

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Angelo Pioppo, Hell, Photography

Angelo Pioppo

Hell, 2017
9.4 x 12 x 0 inch
Photography

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Arthur Hent, Self-Portrait 20.89, Fine Art Drawings

Arthur Hent

Self-Portrait 20.89, 2020
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

Sold

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