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Abstract Print

It's impossible attribute a precise date to the birth of abstract art. Art critics tend to situate the start of the movement in the 1910s and tend to see Wassily Kandinsky's “Picture with a circle" or “Abstract watercolour" as the works that announced the birth of abstract art. Although it is hard to know whether this work was truly the first abstract painting, Kandinsky was undeniably one of the founders of the movement.

However, it is important not to forget that there were many other important artists working at around the same time as Kandinsky and who also created key non-figurative works. These include Piet Mondrian, François Kupka and Kazimir Malevich. The couple Sonia and Robert Delaunay also had a fundamental impact on the development of abstraction. Mesmerised by the bright colours and circular shapes in their compositions, the French poet Apollinaire christened their art Orphism.

Even if abstract art can be seen as a revolution in terms of the artistic traditions that came before it, the movement can also be interpreted as the inevitable and logical result of the work and thinking of preceding artists. Certain experts believe that abstract art can be traced back to Monet and Whistler, who highlighted the importance of visually representing feelings and emotions rather than figurative objects. Fauvism contributed to our understanding of the power of colour, whilst Cubists pushed figurative art to its limits by playing around with geometric shapes and forms.

In a similar way, it seems illogical to give abstract art a single definition as the movement itself is so complex. The one thing that all abstract artists have in common is that they believe reality is subjective. They don't paint subjects, objects or people but focus on emotions, feelings or esthetics using shapes, colours and brush strokes to convey their message.

Geometric and lyrical abstract art are both forms of abstraction in is purest form. There is no clear subject matter or if the artist was inspired by a particular object, person or scene we can't tell without additional information. There can be different degrees of abstraction. For example, some forms of figurative art may be partially abstract if they distort the reality they represent. It is important not to underestimate the role that historical context has played in the development of emerging art movements. Abstract art has known two golden ages; the first between the two World Wars, just before the Great Depression, and the second between 1947 and 1970. Why? In short, human suffering. When artists no longer know how to represent the horrors of warfare and convey the suffering that society has endured, they must innovate, look for new techniques and call upon the subjective memories of survivors. In the words of Adorno, “writing poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric".

Abstract art reached its peak between 1950 and 1970 in New York thanks to abstract expressionist artists such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Although this might be the movement that comes to mind when thinking of abstract art, there are many other movements related to non-figurative art, including Surrealism, Fauvism, Cubism, Bauhaus and Futurism.

With the advent of new technology, new art movements have emerged in the 21st century. Abstraction continues to be important to several of these movements. Many painters and sculptors still continue to create pure abstract art, such as Anish Kapoor, Ben Berlow and Christian Rosa. Abstract art has not disappeared; it has merely evolved and continues to adapt to its society.

Artsper has a wide range of abstract prints from many well known contemporary and modern artists, including Zao Wou-Ki, Pablo Picasso,Victor Vasarely and Joan Miro, as well as a selection from emerging artists.

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Sophie Petetin, Asie on est bien ici, Print

Sophie Petetin

Asie on est bien ici, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Alick Tipoti, Koedalal ar Sapural, Print

Alick Tipoti

Koedalal ar Sapural, 2006
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Joan Miró, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Joan Miró

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
14 x 10.2 inch


Jordi Alcaraz, Parlar sol (II), Print

Jordi Alcaraz

Parlar sol (II), 2021
49.6 x 35.4 inch


Jean Miotte, Près des murs, Print

Jean Miotte

Près des murs, 1994
16.1 x 13 x 0.1 inch


Ladislas Kijno, Hommage à Max Papart, Print

Ladislas Kijno

Hommage à Max Papart, 1995
17.7 x 12.4 x 0.1 inch


Peter Klasen, Sans titre, Print

Peter Klasen

Sans titre, 1974
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch


Roy Ahlgren, Inca, Print

Roy Ahlgren

Inca, 1984
30 x 22 inch


Sol LeWitt, Forms Derived From a Cube, Print

Sol LeWitt

Forms Derived From a Cube, 1964
20.5 x 20.5 inch


Richard Texier, Le guetteur de sens, Print

Richard Texier

Le guetteur de sens, 1955
26 x 19.7 inch


Zao Wou-Ki, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
14 x 10.2 inch


Carlos Cruz-Diez, Induction Chromatique, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Induction Chromatique, 1973
13.4 x 13.4 x 0.1 inch


André Masson, La Dame au labyrinthe, Print

André Masson

La Dame au labyrinthe, 1962
15 x 11 inch


Jeff Gillette, H Bomb, Print

Jeff Gillette

H Bomb, 2010
18.1 x 18.1 x 0 inch


Gustave Singier, Envol, Print

Gustave Singier

Envol, 1971
25.8 x 19.7 inch


Stanislav Bojankov, Abstract landscape (The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, 2007), Print

Stanislav Bojankov

Abstract landscape (The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, 2007), 2007
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch

$1,085 $1,205

Yaacov Agam, Dyptique rencontre, Print

Yaacov Agam

Dyptique rencontre, 2011
18.1 x 10.1 x 0.7 inch


Fernand Léger, Bonne pensée du matin, Print

Fernand Léger

Bonne pensée du matin, 1949
12.6 x 9.8 inch


Jean Arp, Soleil recerclé, Print

Jean Arp

Soleil recerclé, 1966
21.5 x 17.1 inch


Luiza Kasprzyk, XVII, Print

Luiza Kasprzyk

XVII, 2021
16.5 x 35.4 inch


Max Papart, Les chemins de la Lumière, Print

Max Papart

Les chemins de la Lumière, 1968
29.7 x 22 x 0.1 inch


Petr Strnad, Format #5, Print

Petr Strnad

Format #5, 2019
20 x 15 x 0 inch


Henry Moore, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Henry Moore

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
10.2 x 14 inch


Sandra Salamonová, Letters, Print

Sandra Salamonová

Letters, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Alfred Manessier, L'enfant dans la cité des ombres, Print

Alfred Manessier

L'enfant dans la cité des ombres, 1978
15 x 11.2 inch


Graham Sutherland, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Graham Sutherland

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
14 x 10.2 inch


Stéphanie Malossane, Inner light blue, Print

Stéphanie Malossane

Inner light blue, 2018
31.9 x 23.6 x 1 inch


Izabela Lewkowicz, Regarde moi - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

Izabela Lewkowicz

Regarde moi - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch

$271 $301

Jean-Michel Atlan, Sans Titre, Print

Jean-Michel Atlan

Sans Titre, 1959
21.9 x 17.5 inch


Gaëlle Wagner, Diagonales Lavande et Rose, Print

Gaëlle Wagner

Diagonales Lavande et Rose, 2018
12.2 x 12.2 x 0.4 inch


Jacques Lipchitz, Hommage à Picasso, Print

Jacques Lipchitz

Hommage à Picasso, 1973
30.9 x 22.6 inch


Kanjo Take, Hokkaido Triptych - Nowhere or 36 views of Fujiyama, Print

Kanjo Take

Hokkaido Triptych - Nowhere or 36 views of Fujiyama, 2010
47.2 x 118.1 x 1.2 inch


Osanne Nègre, Bocage aux limosas, Print

Osanne Nègre

Bocage aux limosas, 1934
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Monique Dezès, Tour de France, Print

Monique Dezès

Tour de France, 2021
11.4 x 7.9 x 0.1 inch


Joze Ciuha, Icon V, Print

Joze Ciuha

Icon V, 1977
27.6 x 39 inch


George Braque, "Lettera Amorosa" : Le rapace, Print

George Braque

"Lettera Amorosa" : Le rapace, 1963
15 x 11 inch


L'Atlas, Just another seal, Print


Just another seal, 2020
22 x 22 inch


Felipe Pantone, Integration System P01 FP377YYF, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System P01 FP377YYF, 2019
25.2 x 25.2 inch


Pierre Alechinsky, Cobra, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Cobra, 2000
13.4 x 10.6 inch


Erró, De la série ”A travers…1”, Print


De la série ”A travers…1”, 1994
12.2 x 9.1 inch


Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Les oeufs hors le nid, Print

Alexander Calder

Les oeufs hors le nid, 1976
19.3 x 26 inch


Claude Viallat, Sans-titre, Print

Claude Viallat

Sans-titre, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Our recommendations Joanne Freeman, Covers 3 Ultramarine, Print

Joanne Freeman

Covers 3 Ultramarine, 2017
28 x 26 inch


Shaka, Infrarouge #2, Print


Infrarouge #2, 2019
46.1 x 38.2 inch


Wifredo Lam, Demoiselle Blasonnée, Print

Wifredo Lam

Demoiselle Blasonnée, 1974
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Paul Jenkins, Sans titre, Print

Paul Jenkins

Sans titre, 1991
8.3 x 5.9 inch


Marino Marini, The Horse, Print

Marino Marini

The Horse, 1950
11.2 x 9.4 x 0 inch


François Morellet, Intersecting Lines, Print

François Morellet

Intersecting Lines, 1975
14.4 x 14.4 x 0.1 inch


Georges Braque, Si Je Mourais là-bas: one plate, Print

Georges Braque

Si Je Mourais là-bas: one plate, 1962
28.7 x 18.5 x 0 inch


Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995
30.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch


Julio Le Parc, Optical n.4, Print

Julio Le Parc

Optical n.4, 1976
13.4 x 9.6 x 0 inch


Jesús Perea, M420, Print

Jesús Perea

M420, 2018
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Mark Tobey, Summer Joy, Print

Mark Tobey

Summer Joy, 1972
30.2 x 21.9 x 0 inch


Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Juego de signos, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Juego de signos, 1990
35.4 x 24.8 inch


Luis Feito, Sin Título, Print

Luis Feito

Sin Título, 1974
29.9 x 22 inch


Rafael Alberti, Horse Flies, Print

Rafael Alberti

Horse Flies, 1970
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


MadC, Yin and Yang, Print


Yin and Yang, 2019
29.9 x 22 inch


John Matos Crash, Crash Black Set, Print

John Matos Crash

Crash Black Set, 2013
30 x 22 inch


Alberto Magnelli, Abstract Composition with Red, Print

Alberto Magnelli

Abstract Composition with Red, 1965
25.6 x 19.9 x 0 inch


Shu Takahashi, Morning star, Print

Shu Takahashi

Morning star, 1970
24.4 x 18.5 x 0 inch


Francis Bacon, Seated figure, Print

Francis Bacon

Seated figure, 1983
40 x 28 inch


Regina Gimenez, Sin título 1, Print

Regina Gimenez

Sin título 1, 2018
56.3 x 40.6 inch


Luigi Veronesi, Composition, Print

Luigi Veronesi

Composition, 1975
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Sonia Delaunay, Automne, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Automne, 1965
35.9 x 25.9 x 0.1 inch


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