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White Print

In physics, white is the sum of all the colours. To the human eye, white appears to be the total absence of colour. Amongst artists, white and its many uses in art are continuously evolving and challenging those who would embrace them. Is white, then, a non-colour, or an enhancer of colours? Intangible or material? Absence or excess?

Since Antiquity, white has been appreciated for its symbolic value. In Ancient Greece, where they would paint their statues, it was a sign of incompletion, whereas the Romans believed it showed pomp and imperialist virtue. With the rise of Christianity, white was used in opposition to black in order to emphasise moral dichotomies: the pure, divine white against the darkness. In some cases, however, white was used to show sickness or death, most notably in the pallid representations of the skeletal, crucified Christ.

In the Renaissance white was used to sublimate faces and backgrounds. Da Vinci even based his sfumato technique on the soft transition from light into darkness. Throughout the history of painting, white was considered precious for its ability to reflect light. It attracts the gaze even when used in the tiniest quantities, and illuminates the subject, drawing out stunning contrasts as seen in the works of Rembrandt, or in Vermeer's famous Girl with the Pearl Earring.

With the rise of Impressionism, white was used as the brightest tone amongst shades of grey. While Manet produced canvases which were forerunners to monochromes, including The Reader, which was almost pure white, Monet delivered a stunning gradient of whites whilst recreating the snow at his home in Giverny. The first true white monochrome appeared with the arrival of Malevitch's White Square on a White Background. The artist said 'I have broken the blue boundary of colour limits, and come out into the white'.

 

Modernists were equally passionate about white and valued it incredibly highly. Miro in particular questioned the status of white on canvases. In his painting Woman, Bird and Star white is in parts boldly painted, but is also distinctive for its absence around the star. Picasso, on the other hand, explored white in conjunction with his famous coloured periods. Piero Manzoni became famous thanks to his 'achromatic' paintings, a series of canvases produced exclusively in shades of white. Moving into the 20th century, white became synonymous with minimalist abstraction. For artists like Kandinsky, white was a cosmic colour, associated with a spiritual search for the absolute, guiding the artists as he seek to express his emotions.  

 

Today, white remains an ever popular subject. Roman Opalka made his name creating a series of white numbers of a white background, while Daniel Arsham reinvents white walls in galleries by letting his artwork drip down onto them. White is a colour with multiple symbolic interpretations. The colour of divinity or humility; of purity and immaculate, of emptiness and absence, but always colour. If blue has Klein and red has Rothko, it appears that no artist has yet succeeded in fully mastering white – but maybe you'll find them in our selection!


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Javier Calleja, Festival De Malaga (It Was Ok), Print

Javier Calleja

Festival De Malaga (It Was Ok), 2020
5.7 x 8.3 inch
Print

$800

Imbue, Drug Lord (skate deck), Print

Imbue

Drug Lord (skate deck), 2016
31.1 x 8.3 inch
Print

$517

Tyler Shields, Swan, Print

Tyler Shields

Swan, 2021
30 x 40 x 2 inch
Print

15,000 - $ 25,000

Hans Richter, Untitled, Print

Hans Richter

Untitled, 1971
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$923

Birgitte Hansen, Hans Christians Andersen Fairy tale, Print

Birgitte Hansen

Hans Christians Andersen Fairy tale, 2020
16.5 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Print

$228

Erwin Bechtold, Margenes 7, Print

Erwin Bechtold

Margenes 7, 1977
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$739

Carme Serra Viaplana, Sin Titulo, Print

Carme Serra Viaplana

Sin Titulo, 1978
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$492

Robert Combas, Plus jamais ça !, Print

Robert Combas

Plus jamais ça !, 2013
12.6 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,708

Albert Marquet, Le port de Boulogne, Print

Albert Marquet

Le port de Boulogne, 1930
15.4 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$4,185

Abdelaziz Gorgi, Série Les Rabbins, Print

Abdelaziz Gorgi

Série Les Rabbins, 2005
26 x 20.1 x 0 inch
Print

$1,231

Cleon Peterson, Power, Print

Cleon Peterson

Power, 2018
24 x 18.1 x 0 inch
Print

$739

Denial, Hermès, Print

Denial

Hermès, 2019
24 x 18.1 inch
Print

$308

Our recommendations Laurent Grasso, Blackout, Print

Laurent Grasso

Blackout, 2016
6 x 8.3 inch
Print

$234

Dondi White, Iron Man Lives, Print

Dondi White

Iron Man Lives, 2016
20 x 16 inch
Print

$1,477

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Digging for clams, Print

Slim Aarons

Digging for clams, 1960
39.8 x 39.8 inch
Print

$4,080

Vuk Vidor, French Art History (A), Print

Vuk Vidor

French Art History (A), 2016
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$492

Peter Halley, Stop Word, Print

Peter Halley

Stop Word, 2015
29.3 x 28.9 inch
Print

$4,308

Eugenia Jaeger, Art laboratory #2, Print

Eugenia Jaeger

Art laboratory #2, 2021
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$492

Liliana Porter, Them, him, Print

Liliana Porter

Them, him, 2018
22.8 x 18.3 inch
Print

$2,216

Ignasi Aballí, **, Print

Ignasi Aballí

**, 2018
1 x 0.2 x 1 inch
Print

$4,308

César Paternosto, Untitled 1, Print

César Paternosto

Untitled 1, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$1,477

ErriC, Another Dimension, Print

ErriC

Another Dimension, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$234

Jochen Gerner, Spreekwoorden, Print

Jochen Gerner

Spreekwoorden, 2017
17.3 x 19.8 inch
Print

$369

Nelson Leirner, Hot dog, Print

Nelson Leirner

Hot dog, 2013
11.8 x 27.6 inch
Print

$2,462

Diane Victor, One Horn, Print

Diane Victor

One Horn, 2016
27.2 x 19.7 inch
Print

$1,231

Atsushi Kaga, Usacchi, Print

Atsushi Kaga

Usacchi, 2014
21.7 x 16.9 inch
Print

$1,477

Koak, Drift, Print

Koak

Drift, 2019
19.5 x 15.9 inch
Print

$1,231

Berdaguer & Péjus, Test d’acuité visuelle martien, Print

Berdaguer & Péjus

Test d’acuité visuelle martien, 2013
29.5 x 19.7 inch
Print

$554

Marie Orensanz, Comunicar energía, Print

Marie Orensanz

Comunicar energía, 2017
11.8 x 15.7 inch
Print

$1,231

Jean-Pierre Stholl, Hommage à Gustave Doré (coffret), Print

Jean-Pierre Stholl

Hommage à Gustave Doré (coffret), 2013
13.4 x 9.8 inch
Print

$3,446

Steinberg Saül, Masque, Print

Steinberg Saül

Masque, 1966
10.3 x 12.3 inch
Print

$1,046

Luis Camnitzer, Portfolio Two parallel lines, Print

Luis Camnitzer

Portfolio Two parallel lines, 2014
11 x 16.9 inch
Print

$11,078

Sylvette Gassan, Serpent de terre, Print

Sylvette Gassan

Serpent de terre, 2018
9.6 x 22.4 x 0 inch
Print

$160

Lesya Rozova, Woman lines, Print

Lesya Rozova

Woman lines, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$185

Guillaume Allemand, Les Forêts, Print

Guillaume Allemand

Les Forêts, 2019
21.3 x 29.1 x 0.4 inch
Print

$862

Claude Weisbuch, Portrait de B, Print

Claude Weisbuch

Portrait de B, 1986
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$862

Arthur Secunda, Sans titre, Print

Arthur Secunda

Sans titre, 1990
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$492

Jean-Louis Toutain, Sous le réverbère, Print

Jean-Louis Toutain

Sous le réverbère, 2019
22 x 15 inch
Print

$677

Antonin Anzil, Salines I, Print

Antonin Anzil

Salines I, 2018
63 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch
Print

$5,170

April Gornik, Sea edge, Print

April Gornik

Sea edge, 2011
19.7 x 28.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,846

Lucio Fontana, White Incision, Print

Lucio Fontana

White Incision, 1967
25.2 x 18.9 x 0 inch
Print

$11,078

Peeta, Cotton Candie, Print

Peeta

Cotton Candie, 2019
23.6 x 43.3 inch
Print

$985

Yannis Kounellis, Mod, Print

Yannis Kounellis

Mod, 1999
25.2 x 29.9 inch
Print

$2,708

Antonio Asis, Sans titre 2, Print

Antonio Asis

Sans titre 2, 2013
19.7 x 19.5 x 0 inch
Print

$1,477

Josep Riera i Arago, Avió roda taronja, Print

Josep Riera i Arago

Avió roda taronja, 2015
29.9 x 25.6 inch
Print

$923

Our recommendations Julio Larraz, En Cuba, Print

Julio Larraz

En Cuba, 2007
27.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,216

Bill Degadans, Jim Morrison, Print

Bill Degadans

Jim Morrison, 2000
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$554

Our recommendations Hans Bellmer, Untitled, Print

Hans Bellmer

Untitled, 1972
26 x 20 inch
Print

$1,650

Our recommendations Wolf Vostell, Composition pour les JO, Print

Wolf Vostell

Composition pour les JO, 1992
35.4 x 24.8 inch
Print

$369

Aurélie Nemours, Sans titre, Print

Aurélie Nemours

Sans titre, 1959
12.6 x 9.8 x 0 inch
Print

$615

Charles Marq, Sans titre, Print

Charles Marq

Sans titre, 1984
7.5 x 5.9 x 0 inch
Print

$985

Ester Partegàs, Shopping Heads 1, Print

Ester Partegàs

Shopping Heads 1, 2001
18.9 x 25.6 x 0 inch
Print

$862

Ryszard Gieryszewski, 12 frames, Print

Ryszard Gieryszewski

12 frames, 1984
12.2 x 10.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$677

Guelfo Bianchini, Figure, Print

Guelfo Bianchini

Figure, 1959
19.7 x 13.8 x 0 inch
Print

$320

Afro Basaldella, Nero III, Print

Afro Basaldella

Nero III, 1969
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.2 inch
Print

$2,462

Caroline Brunet, Golden Creole, Print

Caroline Brunet

Golden Creole, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$148

Hannah Collins, Still life, Print

Hannah Collins

Still life, 1992
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$1,108

André Juillard, New-York Paris, Print

André Juillard

New-York Paris, 2019
15.7 x 58.3 inch
Print

$369

Laure Prouvost, It calms us both 2, Print

Laure Prouvost

It calms us both 2, 2014
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Print

$1,723

Marko Zoric, Affiche d'exposition, lettrage argent, Print

Marko Zoric

Affiche d'exposition, lettrage argent, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$159

Emma Witter, Bone Dust, Daisies, Print

Emma Witter

Bone Dust, Daisies, 2019
31.5 x 20.9 x 0.2 inch
Print

$1,594

Ria Klaveren-Exel, View of Rotterdam, Print

Ria Klaveren-Exel

View of Rotterdam, 1970
18.2 x 22.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$492

Jerzy Panek, Kneeling goat III, Print

Jerzy Panek

Kneeling goat III, 1969
13 x 21.3 inch
Print

$2,092

Arnoldo Ciarrocchi, Anna's Portrait, Print

Arnoldo Ciarrocchi

Anna's Portrait, 1966
19.5 x 13.9 x 0.1 inch
Print

$295

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