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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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Pierre Alechinsky, Si près, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Si près, 2007
7.7 x 5.3 inch
Print

$372

André Saraiva, Mr. A & Miss A - OX, Print

André Saraiva

Mr. A & Miss A - OX, 2020
8 x 8 inch
Print

$745

Shaka, Trame, Print

Shaka

Trame, 2020
27.2 x 19.3 inch
Print

$434

Joan Miró, Constellation III (Por Alberti, por l'Espana), Print

Joan Miró

Constellation III (Por Alberti, por l'Espana), 1975
35.4 x 26 x 0.1 inch
Print

$23,581

Marcel Ceuppens, La Colombe, Print

Marcel Ceuppens

La Colombe, 2020
13 x 18.9 inch
Print

$720

Joëlle Acoulon, Sans titre, 4/3/2021, Print

Joëlle Acoulon

Sans titre, 4/3/2021, 2021
29.5 x 19.7 inch
Print

$676

Jaume Plensa, Untitled 1, Print

Jaume Plensa

Untitled 1, 2021
41.3 x 29.5 inch
Print

$4,964

Hans Hartung, L1977-4, Print

Hans Hartung

L1977-4, 1977
20.5 x 15.7 inch
Print

$1,986

Roland Topor, Ciel ouvert, Print

Roland Topor

Ciel ouvert, 1970
25.6 x 18.9 x 0 inch
Print

$720

Alexander Calder, Black lines, Print

Alexander Calder

Black lines, 1975
22 x 30 inch
Print

$20,500

Georges Braque, Descente aux enfers, Print

Georges Braque

Descente aux enfers, 1961
13.8 x 9.8 inch
Print

$4,716

Sonia Delaunay, Juste présent, planche n°8, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Juste présent, planche n°8, 1961
15 x 11 inch
Print

$3,972

Baptiste Laurent, caballo serigraphie, Print

Baptiste Laurent

caballo serigraphie, 2021
25.6 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$199

Zao Wou-Ki, Sans Titre, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Sans Titre, 1967
22 x 29.5 inch
Print

$6,826

Soklak Elgato, Encrypted alien data, Print

Soklak Elgato

Encrypted alien data, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$434

Josep Guinovart, Chicago, Print

Josep Guinovart

Chicago, 1978
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$559

Corrina Cooper, Vase No.2, Print

Corrina Cooper

Vase No.2, 2021
23.6 x 6.7 x 0 inch
Print

$179

JonOne, Kid's World, Print

JonOne

Kid's World, 2021
23.6 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,676

Andrei Sorel (Florea), Le violoniste, Print

Andrei Sorel (Florea)

Le violoniste, 1998
29.9 x 22.4 inch
Print

$310

Hans Richter, Untitled, Print

Hans Richter

Untitled, 1970
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$931

Katarina Kudelova, Vieille peau, Print

Katarina Kudelova

Vieille peau, 2012
34.3 x 33.1 inch
Print

$869

André Lanskoy, Bleu composition, Print

André Lanskoy

Bleu composition, 1965
25.7 x 19.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$931

Jean Jacques Beaumé, Collage Bleu Boum, Print

Jean Jacques Beaumé

Collage Bleu Boum, 2021
51.2 x 92.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$4,964

David L-K, Ventriloque, Print

David L-K

Ventriloque, 2019
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Print

$1,241

Isabelle Courtois Lacoste, Silence vert, Print

Isabelle Courtois Lacoste

Silence vert, 2020
11.8 x 7.9 inch
Print

$441

Mick Finch, Book of Knowledge - Planche 180, Print

Mick Finch

Book of Knowledge - Planche 180, 2021
23.2 x 28.7 inch
Print

$621

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

Erró

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

$310

Zixidi, Glitch landscape n°4, Print

Zixidi

Glitch landscape n°4, 2020
27.6 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$807

Manolo Acedo, Digital print, triptych, Print

Manolo Acedo

Digital print, triptych, 2017
10.2 x 7.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$242

Sandra Salamonová, Rainbow on the Wall, Print

Sandra Salamonová

Rainbow on the Wall, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$1,862

Octavio Herrera, Sans titre, Print

Octavio Herrera

Sans titre, 2016
11 x 11 inch
Print

$745

Carmelo Arden Quin, Sans titre, Print

Carmelo Arden Quin

Sans titre, 1970
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,241

Victor Vasarely, Deep blue composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Deep blue composition, 1980
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$1,800

Claude Viallat, Sans Titre, Print

Claude Viallat

Sans Titre, 2004
47.2 x 45.3 x 0.1 inch
Print

$3,277

Goddog, Cyclade, Print

Goddog

Cyclade, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$112

Our recommendations Felipe Pantone, Subtractive Variability P 3, Print

Felipe Pantone

Subtractive Variability P 3, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,489

Julien Raynaud, Love, Print

Julien Raynaud

Love, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$732

Our recommendations Jean Miotte, Élegie, Print

Jean Miotte

Élegie, 1992
49.6 x 34.6 inch
Print

$1,179

Jean-Paul Agosti, Canopée, Print

Jean-Paul Agosti

Canopée, 2002
13.4 x 10.6 inch
Print

$273

Regina Gimenez, Sin título 1, Print

Regina Gimenez

Sin título 1, 2018
56.3 x 40.6 inch
Print

$2,482

Stoz, Stay in Sobriety, Print

Stoz

Stay in Sobriety, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Print

$155

MadC, Yin and Yang, Print

MadC

Yin and Yang, 2019
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$310

Severine Dietrich, Eclipse #1, Print

Severine Dietrich

Eclipse #1, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$285

Jean Soyer, 030906, Print

Jean Soyer

030906, 2003
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$496

Bernar Venet, Grib, Print

Bernar Venet

Grib, 2016
11 x 15.2 x 0.4 inch
Print

$3,723

Our recommendations Pablo Reinoso, Cap i Cua, Print

Pablo Reinoso

Cap i Cua, 2020
19.7 x 78.7 inch
Print

$3,475

Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-267), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-267), 1982
42.1 x 29.9 inch
Print

$9,308

Caroline Veith, September 2015 #1, Print

Caroline Veith

September 2015 #1, 2015
9.8 x 9.8 x 2 inch
Print

$745

Alain Clément, 18OC2G-2018, Print

Alain Clément

18OC2G-2018, 2018
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$1,146

Lee Bae, Sans titre n°10, Print

Lee Bae

Sans titre n°10, 2018
27.6 x 20.5 inch
Print

$3,649

Joanne Freeman, Covers 1 Cobalt, Print

Joanne Freeman

Covers 1 Cobalt, 2017
28 x 26 inch
Print

$1,648

Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995
30.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$683

Francis Bacon, Seated figure, Print

Francis Bacon

Seated figure, 1983
40 x 28 inch
Print

$28,533

Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Juego de signos, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Juego de signos, 1990
35.4 x 24.8 inch
Print

$1,204

Gottfried Honegger, Heraklit II, Print

Gottfried Honegger

Heraklit II, 1986
11 x 7.6 inch
Print

$434

Pierre Muckensturm, 13R1, Print

Pierre Muckensturm

13R1, 2013
25.6 x 59.1 inch
Print

$1,361

Luis Feito, Octubre IV, Print

Luis Feito

Octubre IV, 1989
41.3 x 29.5 inch
Print

$1,502

Eduardo Chillida, Casa de Goya, Print

Eduardo Chillida

Casa de Goya, 1983
30.7 x 23.4 inch
Print

$7,360

Paul Jenkins, Sans titre, Print

Paul Jenkins

Sans titre, 1991
8.3 x 5.9 inch
Print

$621

Antonio Saura, Melanchton I, Print

Antonio Saura

Melanchton I, 1996
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,557

ZES, Lasting (Blue Edition), Print

ZES

Lasting (Blue Edition), 2019
35.4 x 30.3 inch
Print

$695

Hervé Télémaque, Roland Garros, Print

Hervé Télémaque

Roland Garros, 2000
41.3 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$559

Jesús-Rafael Soto, Ecriture CFDT 51/60, Print

Jesús-Rafael Soto

Ecriture CFDT 51/60, 1988
7.9 x 25.6 inch
Print

$3,972

Raphaël Zarka, Sculpture Gnomonique (Lavaur Bodegon 1), Print

Raphaël Zarka

Sculpture Gnomonique (Lavaur Bodegon 1), 2019
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$372

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