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Abstract art

Abstract art was born at the beginning of the 20th century, more specifically between 1911 and 1917 with the work of four influential painters: Frantisek Kupka, Vassily Kandinsky, Kasimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian. Although each of these artists formulated their own vision of abstract art, a shared historical context explains the concurrent emergence of this artistic movement.

The scientific discoveries of the early 20th century completely revolutionised man's perception of the world. These artists, who were literary and cultured men, were well aware of scientific progress. As Paul Valéry put it, "in the last twenty years neither matter nor space nor time has been what it was from time immemorial". People needed a new language to both express and to comprehend this "new world".

These four artists demonstrated a keen interest in the esoteric and occult, which explains why the abstract is presented as a research of another type of truth, a way to elevate one's mind and soul towards new horizons, uncovering the deepest mysteries of humankind. The realm of music truly fascinated these artists; they identified with it and, several of them, especially Kandinsky, used it as inspiration. Music is the epitome of the imponderable and the intangible; it suggests meanings while escaping from reality at the same time.

The influence of artistic movements such as Fauvism and Cubism also served as references for the development of the abstract's aesthetic research. Abstraction did not attempt to represent the visible world, but rather to become a "visual language". However, it is essential to bear in mind that each of these four painters took a different path, and that they independently formulated their conception of abstract art.

Abstract art wanted to display an "abstract image," a non-figurative representation, outside of reality. They wanted to create art that was self-sufficient, that could look to itself to find the resources needed to support its existence. Abstract creation often required the artists to unleash their consciousness, to break free of instinctive visual associations. This approach produced powerful artworks which, although free of any literal meaning, retained the ability to provoke strong sensations and feelings in the viewer.  

The triumph of colour, of subjectivity and the lack of conventions, foreshadowed the advent of an art that was liberated and free of any restrictive conventions. Abstract art manifestos laid the foundations of its aesthetic. Kandinsky's letters to the music composer Schönberg demonstrated the porous nature of the genres at a time where serial music was emerging. Both music and painting followed a path of growing “dissonance within the arts".

These abstract artworks can demand collector to approach them in a particular. Although the interplay of shapes and colours in abstract art make it a visually accessible style, it is also important to reflect on the works more deeply. They invite the viewer to escape from reality, to consider things according to the prism of the absolute, of essence and absence. They might encourage viewers to adopt a new outlook on the world, where everything is astonishing and where our consciousness is constantly wonderstruck by the world around us.

“Art does not reproduce the visible; it makes visible." Paul Klee

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Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Operenccia, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Operenccia, 1986
40 x 66 x 1 inch
Painting

$ 350,000

Mathilde de Bellecombe, Place de l'amour, Painting

Mathilde de Bellecombe

Place de l'amour, 2016
14.2 x 14.2 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 649

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Couleur additive série 14, Painting

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Couleur additive série 14, 2009
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$ 82,432

Christian Nesler, Coquelicots aux Chateliers 2, Painting

Christian Nesler

Coquelicots aux Chateliers 2, 2013
28 x 28 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 3,297

Our recommendations Wilma Tabacco, Slip Side 2, Painting

Wilma Tabacco

Slip Side 2, 2003
22 x 29.9 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$ 4,058

Ann Thomson, Continuum 53 - Paris, Painting

Ann Thomson

Continuum 53 - Paris, 2013
20.5 x 13 inch
Painting

$ 888

Our recommendations Adam Gibbs Tjapaltjarri, Sans titre, Painting

Adam Gibbs Tjapaltjarri

Sans titre, 2010
15 x 18.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,522

Our recommendations Guy Mansuy, Collage construit, Painting

Guy Mansuy

Collage construit, 2013
11.8 x 9.1 inch
Painting

$ 3,551

Sol del Rio, LC clr II (Constructive Light, Colour II), Painting

Sol del Rio

LC clr II (Constructive Light, Colour II), 2020
27.2 x 19.3 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 2,500

Our recommendations Nyilyari Tjapangati, Untitled, Painting

Nyilyari Tjapangati

Untitled, 2014
18.1 x 15 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,015

Claire Colin-Collin, Sans titre, Painting

Claire Colin-Collin

Sans titre, 2016
21.7 x 18.1 inch
Painting

$ 1,902

Our recommendations Vanessa Cuthbert, Oil based Monoprint 17, Print

Vanessa Cuthbert

Oil based Monoprint 17, 2017
8.3 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 698

Eusebio Lopez, Sin titulo, Painting

Eusebio Lopez

Sin titulo, 2014
27.6 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$ 2,308

Najia Mehadji, Volute, Print

Najia Mehadji

Volute, 2013
41.3 x 29.5 inch
Print

$ 1,839

Claude  Chauchet, Abstract Composition in Yellow and Blue, Painting

Claude Chauchet

Abstract Composition in Yellow and Blue, 2011
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 3,551

Sibylle Baltzer, Untitled, Painting

Sibylle Baltzer

Untitled, 2014
63 x 55.1 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 5,707

Anton Heyboer, Two ships, Painting

Anton Heyboer

Two ships, 1993
24 x 29.1 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 412

Guillaume Lancelin, Passage bleu, Sculpture

Guillaume Lancelin

Passage bleu, 2016
52 x 13 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$ 7,609

Marc Lepilleur, Sans titre, Sculpture

Marc Lepilleur

Sans titre, 2015
11.4 x 5.5 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,156

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre (Ref 240), Painting

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre (Ref 240), 2019
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 6,721

Nicolas Dubreuille, Leya, Photography

Nicolas Dubreuille

Leya, 2018
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 2,853

Nathanael Koffi, Corps à corps, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

Corps à corps, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$ 1,595

Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image, 1976
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$ 7,609

Zao Wou-Ki, Ibiza, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Ibiza, 2004
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 2,536

Michael Grine, Wash II, Painting

Michael Grine

Wash II, 2019
13.3 x 13.3 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 175

Charlotte Pivard, Rue Auguste Comte, Painting

Charlotte Pivard

Rue Auguste Comte, 2020
16.1 x 13 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$ 254

Our recommendations François Morellet, 2 trames de chevrons-négatif, Print

François Morellet

2 trames de chevrons-négatif, 1960
24.4 x 24.4 inch
Print

$ 1,902

Jane Grieco, Ibarantâ, Painting

Jane Grieco

Ibarantâ, 2015
39.4 x 82.7 inch
Painting

$ 3,297

Alphée, Rencontre, Painting

Alphée

Rencontre, 2020
24 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,649

Yez Tutic, R&C, Painting

Yez Tutic

R&C, 2018
55 x 40 x 1 inch
Painting

$ 3,200 $ 4,000

Yez Tutic, VO, Painting

Yez Tutic

VO, 2018
55 x 40 x 1 inch
Painting

$ 3,200 $ 4,000

Charlotte Pivard, Parenthèses Part 1, Painting

Charlotte Pivard

Parenthèses Part 1, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 126

Mario Kolaric, Fragment 66, Fine Art Drawings

Mario Kolaric

Fragment 66, 2012
9.8 x 6.9 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$ 393

Our recommendations Carlos Cruz-Diez, Serie Semana - Viernes	, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Serie Semana - Viernes , 2013
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$ 7,609

Our recommendations Geneviève Claisse, Sculpture Linéaire, Sculpture

Geneviève Claisse

Sculpture Linéaire, 1982
25.6 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 3,424

Arnaud Liard, Carrare, Painting

Arnaud Liard

Carrare, 2017
45.7 x 31.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

2,500 - $ 5,000

Sol del Rio, LC clr III (Constructive Light, Colour III), Painting

Sol del Rio

LC clr III (Constructive Light, Colour III), 2020
27.2 x 19.3 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 2,500

Our recommendations Dan Levenson, Pirmin Wunderli, Painting

Dan Levenson

Pirmin Wunderli, 2016
16.5 x 11 inch
Painting

$ 3,200

Arnaud Liard, 1 mai 2020, Painting

Arnaud Liard

1 mai 2020, 2020
39.4 x 25.6 x 1 inch
Painting

$ 3,018

Louis Stecken, Construction symbolique, Painting

Louis Stecken

Construction symbolique, 2020
39.4 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 888

Alphée, Barouf, Painting

Alphée

Barouf, 2020
16.1 x 13 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$ 698

Philip Hearsey, No Need, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

No Need, 2015
6.3 x 11.8 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,923

Ian Lawrence, Tapestry, Painting

Ian Lawrence

Tapestry, 2020
47.2 x 47.2 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 3,696

Aurélie Charles, Musikbx, Painting

Aurélie Charles

Musikbx, 2020
47.2 x 27.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 4,172

Antoine Pauthe, Agnès, Painting

Antoine Pauthe

Agnès, 2019
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,826

Alexander Randall, That Moment at Five Past Ten (2020), Painting

Alexander Randall

That Moment at Five Past Ten (2020), 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 3,000

Hal Mayforth, It's a Mystery, Painting

Hal Mayforth

It's a Mystery, 2020
30.5 x 433 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$ 2,500

Yannick Bouillault, INS, Sculpture

Yannick Bouillault

INS, 2018
13.4 x 10.6 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$ 723

Anne Juliette Deschamps, Mother #2, Painting

Anne Juliette Deschamps

Mother #2, 2016
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 2,536

Eusebio Lopez, Sin titulo, Print

Eusebio Lopez

Sin titulo, 2010
26.8 x 18.1 inch
Print

$ 254

Khatis, Fauve, Painting

Khatis

Fauve, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Painting

$ 1,902

Lao Sheng, Composition, Painting

Lao Sheng

Composition, 2015
36.2 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 4,185

Adel Barnat, Storm, Painting

Adel Barnat

Storm, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 628 $ 698

Our recommendations Lao Sheng, Composition, Painting

Lao Sheng

Composition, 2015
36.2 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 4,185

Adel Barnat, The mood, Painting

Adel Barnat

The mood, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,205

Sophie Mangelsen, La Simplicité, Painting

Sophie Mangelsen

La Simplicité, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Painting

$ 342

Jim Grundy, Convergence No.5, Painting

Jim Grundy

Convergence No.5, 2018
11.2 x 11.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,211

Diana Malivani, A Contrario, Painting

Diana Malivani

A Contrario, 2019
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 6,341

Susan Bleakley, Quilted Memory, Painting

Susan Bleakley

Quilted Memory, 2015
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,585

Sophie André, Less is More 1, Painting

Sophie André

Less is More 1, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Painting

$ 761

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