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130,000 - The number of contemporary artworks currently available on Artsper. Every day, new Parisian, European and international art galleries join us and trust us to promote their artists (painters, illustrators, sculptors and art photographers.)

We use the term ‘contemporary art’ to identify all works created in recent times, between the end of the 20th and the start of the 21st centuries. However, there is no single type of contemporary art and it can cover just as many forms as there are artists. Although contemporary art takes individualities and cultural exceptions into account, it is inspired by a global context and a globalised society which is forever changing. The materials used, the creative processes and the chosen themes often refer to this interconnection and constantly question the established artistic order.

Although they are often confused, there are many differences between modern and contemporary art. In particular, contemporary art, which tends to be more conceptual, favours the creative idea behind the work more than the actual artwork created.

However the distinction between the two trends can be interpreted as purely time-related and any piece of work created after 1945 can be called ‘contemporary’. Pop Art is one of the first artistic movements to emerge from contemporary art. It appeared at a time when an entire generation was caught up in the whirlwind of consumer society. Pop Art used the latest technology available and intense colours to reflect (sometimes ironically) the changing globalised world. Key artists include Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol whose modern paintings depict the icons of the time, such as Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor.

Inspired by the revolutionary thinking of the great Surrealist masters (Dali or Magritte), Cubists (Picasso) and Dadaists (Marcel Duchamp), artists of the 1950s and 60s took their ideas about art even further. Minimalism and Conceptual Art was born. Minimalism and conceptualism were set in contrast to the the abstract expressionist artists such as Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, and the movements were pioneered by artists such as Franck Stella, Sol Lewitt, Lawrence Weiner many of whom created pared down, minimal sculptures…

Born in the 1960s in Philadelphia, street art has been popular since the 80s and is now exhibited in art museums, galleries and private collections. Paintings, stencils, collages, unusual supports, tags...Certain gallery owners offer original works from the movement’s biggest names, such as prints by Shepard Fairey (Obey), Banksy, photographs by JR or graffiti paintings by Jef Aérosol. In our catalogue you can also find works by artists from the emerging art scene who work in the same style: JonOne, Blek Le Rat, Miss Tic, Death NYC....

Despite all these changes that have taken place, artists continue to work with more traditional genres including landscape and portrait, although of course, the way they approach these subjects is very different today. Many artworks combine several techniques and mediums. A drawing, for example might use collage, watercolour and touches of acrylic. Artists today are faced with almost limitless possibilities.

Sculptors and other artists who played an important part in the late 20th century art scene are also present on Artsper. Specialising in big or small formats, using wood, bronze or steel you’ll find a variety of works. Discover the famous highly-coloured figurative creations by Niki de Saint Phalle, Takashi Murakami’s kawai inspired art, and even Jeff Koons, also known as the most expensive living contemporary artist in the world.

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Emmanuel Tissandier, Air de paradis, Painting

Emmanuel Tissandier

Air de paradis, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Anna Barlow, Softening Solace, Sculpture

Anna Barlow

Softening Solace, 2016
12.6 x 12.2 x 11.8 inch


Krum Kostov, Music, Painting

Krum Kostov

Music, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch


Jacques Clauzel, Sans Titre, Print

Jacques Clauzel

Sans Titre, 2004
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch


Dr. Dax, Piggy Bank, Sculpture

Dr. Dax

Piggy Bank, 2019
6.7 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch


Quintessenz, Selbstläufer 43, Painting


Selbstläufer 43, 2018
47.2 x 31.5 x 0 inch


Lauric Gourbal, Distillerie, Photography

Lauric Gourbal

Distillerie, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 x 0 inch


Lars Tunebo, Lion In Bed, Print

Lars Tunebo

Lion In Bed, 2016
13 x 17.3 inch


Phoebe Dingwall, Red Line, Painting

Phoebe Dingwall

Red Line, 2015
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch


Joshua Jensen Nagle, Swimmers of Rio I, Print

Joshua Jensen Nagle

Swimmers of Rio I, 2019
55.1 x 58.3 x 2 inch


Ian Hornak, Transparent Barricades, Print

Ian Hornak

Transparent Barricades, 1981
26 x 40 inch


Clara Crespin, Le Cantique des oiseaux, Painting

Clara Crespin

Le Cantique des oiseaux, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.6 inch

$1,772 $1,969

Sandra Encaoua, Sound of silence, Painting

Sandra Encaoua

Sound of silence, 2021
40.2 x 29.9 x 2 inch


Pascaline Bonnave, Eté - Chiller, Painting

Pascaline Bonnave

Eté - Chiller, 2018
15.7 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch


Charlotte Pivard, Cyclamens, Painting

Charlotte Pivard

Cyclamens, 2021
15.4 x 11.4 x 0 inch


Gilbert Pauli, Composition plâtre et ciment N°3, Painting

Gilbert Pauli

Composition plâtre et ciment N°3, 2009
12.6 x 12.6 x 0.8 inch


Laure Krug, Sur un banc, Sculpture

Laure Krug

Sur un banc, 2007
49.2 x 17.7 x 10.2 inch


Zena Blackwell, Winging It, Print

Zena Blackwell

Winging It, 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch


Erner, Le Port de Rives, Painting


Le Port de Rives, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Mike Smalley, Untitled #19-38, Painting

Mike Smalley

Untitled #19-38, 2019
48 x 48 x 2 inch


Georges Darel, Bouquet de fleurs et pot en terre cuite, Painting

Georges Darel

Bouquet de fleurs et pot en terre cuite, 1928
21.7 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch


Tatiana Samoïlova, Copine, Painting

Tatiana Samoïlova

Copine, 2020
11.4 x 7.9 x 0 inch


Miguel Winograd, Selva oscura macizo colombiano, Photography

Miguel Winograd

Selva oscura macizo colombiano, 2018
11 x 14 x 0.1 inch


Clement Nicolas Kons, Composition 20, Painting

Clement Nicolas Kons

Composition 20, 1920
19.3 x 13.4 x 0 inch


Frances Hahn, Wait For It, Painting

Frances Hahn

Wait For It, 2020
34 x 48 x 2 inch


Brian Smith, Spotlight, Painting

Brian Smith

Spotlight, 2021
12 x 12 inch


Magelli, Abordage, Painting


Abordage, 2020
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch


M.Chat, Paris Nuage, Sculpture


Paris Nuage, 2019
9.1 x 13.8 x 0.2 inch


Our recommendations Jérôme Mesnager, Quel cirque !, Print

Jérôme Mesnager

Quel cirque !, 2015
25.6 x 36.2 inch


Fabrizio La Torre, 100th Anniversary Celebration Coffret # 8 - Bargain, Print

Fabrizio La Torre

100th Anniversary Celebration Coffret # 8 - Bargain, 1956
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.1 inch


Ben B, Jimi Hendrix, Painting

Ben B

Jimi Hendrix, 2021
16.1 x 13 x 0.6 inch


Shane Townley, Finished: Beautiful Warriors series, Painting

Shane Townley

Finished: Beautiful Warriors series, 2021
36 x 48 x 1 inch


LNG, Blue Marilyn, Painting


Blue Marilyn, 2020
40.2 x 40.6 x 2 inch


Masahisa Fukase, Nayoro, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Photography

Masahisa Fukase

Nayoro, Contemporary Japanese Photography, 1977
13 x 19 inch


Isabelle Fournet, Portrait SP01, Painting

Isabelle Fournet

Portrait SP01, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Clara Crespin, La vie en fleurs, Painting

Clara Crespin

La vie en fleurs, 2021
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Elena Troyanskaya, I feel light, Painting

Elena Troyanskaya

I feel light, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch

$554 $615

Tavalina, My House, Blue and Yellow, Painting


My House, Blue and Yellow, 2020
21 x 16 x 2 inch


Tilleli, Eveil, Painting


Eveil, 2019
23.6 x 66.9 x 0.8 inch


Alain Jacquet, Portrait d'homme, Print

Alain Jacquet

Portrait d'homme, 1964
20.1 x 26 x 0 inch


Albert Watson, Mick Jagger, Photography

Albert Watson

Mick Jagger, 1992
23.88 x 19.75 x 2 inch


Riks, Tiez & Romano, Love story, Print

Riks, Tiez & Romano

Love story, 2021
11.7 x 16.5 x 0 inch


Fabrizio Alzati, Yakitori, Photography

Fabrizio Alzati

Yakitori, 2017
7.9 x 10.6 inch


Carole Griffin, Hellebore and Damask, Painting

Carole Griffin

Hellebore and Damask, 2021
9.4 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch


Séverine Metraz, Icône 130  ou  A fleur de peau, Photography

Séverine Metraz

Icône 130 ou A fleur de peau, 2016
24 x 19.3 inch


Edouard Guiounet, Zebra, Painting

Edouard Guiounet

Zebra, 2020
21.7 x 18.1 x 1 inch


Raphaël Daguet, New York dream, Painting

Raphaël Daguet

New York dream, 2020
31.5 x 15.7 x 0.6 inch


Viktoria Ganhao, Untitled, Painting

Viktoria Ganhao

Untitled, 2021
8.3 x 5.8 x 0 inch


Guillaume Ortega, Une Marie-Louise avisée, Painting

Guillaume Ortega

Une Marie-Louise avisée, 2021
12.6 x 20.1 x 1.2 inch


Janet Gough, Family Tree, Painting

Janet Gough

Family Tree, 2020
29.1 x 29.1 x 0.8 inch


Hans Richter, Untitled, Print

Hans Richter

Untitled, 1971
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Gaël Rouxeville, Intimité, Sculpture

Gaël Rouxeville

Intimité, 2021
4.3 x 4.3 x 2.8 inch


Shelby, Steve McQueen Mailbox, Sculpture


Steve McQueen Mailbox, 2020
51.2 x 13.8 x 9.8 inch


Miss Tic, Plus fort que la passion l'illusion, Print

Miss Tic

Plus fort que la passion l'illusion, 2018
9.4 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch


Georges Saulterre, N°1078, Sculpture

Georges Saulterre

N°1078, 2008
7.1 x 2.8 x 7.5 inch


Georges Saulterre, N°1596 Jeunes filles à la perle, Fine Art Drawings

Georges Saulterre

N°1596 Jeunes filles à la perle, 2021
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Nnamdi Okonkwo, Contemplation, Sculpture

Nnamdi Okonkwo

Contemplation, 2012
9 x 12 x 9 inch


BTHX, The dunk by uncle scrooge, Painting


The dunk by uncle scrooge, 2021
53.1 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch


Kazumi Ohno, Candy glass ball, Sculpture

Kazumi Ohno

Candy glass ball, 2019
6 x 5 x 5 inch


Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Joy of Color, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Photography

Yasuhiro Ishimoto

Joy of Color, Contemporary Japanese Photography, 2002
19 x 13 inch


Shigeichi Nagano, Monk of Kita Kamakura, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Photography

Shigeichi Nagano

Monk of Kita Kamakura, Contemporary Japanese Photography, 1950
19 x 13 inch


Jean Carzou, 1975 Réseau ferroviaire Train network, Painting

Jean Carzou

1975 Réseau ferroviaire Train network, 1975
23.6 x 28.7 inch


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


Eric Ruelland, Mur Sablé, Painting

Eric Ruelland

Mur Sablé, 2020
13 x 21.7 x 0.8 inch


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