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Abstract Drawing

The start of the 20th century was an incredibly promising time for Western societies. Major technological and industrial breakthroughs brought about key societal changes and revolutionised the daily lives of entire populations. The two World Wars devastated the world during the first half of the 20th century and deeply scarred the generations who lived through them. Their violence had a profound influence on the art movements of the time.

Within art and literature, artists started to move away from rational thinking. In art, new movements emerged which completely broke away from traditional artistic conventions, including Surrealism, Dadaism, Figurative art, Expressionism, Cubism and also Abstract Art.

The first abstract tendencies were seen in Germany with Wilhem Worringer, who used abstract art, more specifically geometric shapes, as the means to express and portray his fears. Fauve artists had already used pure colours but this technique became even more commonplace in abstract works. The invention of photography also had a key impact on painters as it meant that they became less concerned about their work being realistic. The origins of the abstract movement are difficult to pin down as its several initiatives developed at the same time in several different countries, without any kind of dialogue unifying them.

It was a watercolour by Vassily Kandinsky, the figurehead of the abstract movement, which triggered the shift in artistic attitudes. Like a piece of cacophonous music, shapes and colours create a sense of movement in his abstracts paintings, communicating specific emotions. From this point on, new artists concentrated on trying to depict a ‘contraction of reality’, by simplifying shapes and drawing nothing more than its essence or the underlying idea.

Piet Mondrian decided to work with geometric shapes. As for Malévich, he chose to showcase the invisible in his highly symbolic and spiritual works, including his most famous painting ‘Black Square.’ In his own unique way, Jackson Pollock created nearly 700 impressive modern paintings. His brush rarely ever touching the canvas as he preferred the pouring technique, which involves pouring paint directly onto the painting from a paint pot or stick.

Just like oil painting or abstract sculpture, abstract drawing can come in various different forms. On Artsper, you will find a collection of works made with ink, gouache, watercolour, pen, charcoal, thin lead pencils or felt-tip pens and often on paper. Similar to painting, abstract drawing can highlight shapes, textures, lines or colours. What the artists decide to focus on is dependent on their artistic vision.

Discover abstract drawings by the abstract artists Paul Jenkins, Ellen Priest and Abigail Lazkoz on Artsper.
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Speedy Graphito, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Speedy Graphito

Sans titre, 2005
18 x 18 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$627

EMPHI, Pattern, Fine Art Drawings

EMPHI

Pattern, 2020
35 x 35 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$602 $753

Lionel le Jeune, Don Quichotte chargeant, Fine Art Drawings

Lionel le Jeune

Don Quichotte chargeant, 2021
50 x 65 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$188

Tatiana Nega, Move towards form, Fine Art Drawings

Tatiana Nega

Move towards form, 2019
30 x 42 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$452 $502

Christophe Girerd, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Christophe Girerd

Sans titre, 2016
21 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$169 $188

Nick Tidnam, Moroccan Suite III, Fine Art Drawings

Nick Tidnam

Moroccan Suite III, 2021
30 x 21 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,450

Rômolo, Sísifos, Fine Art Drawings

Rômolo

Sísifos, 2019
90 x 57 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,882

Sérgio Sister, Manuscrito, Fine Art Drawings

Sérgio Sister

Manuscrito, 1989
51 x 33 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$9,409

Victoire Le Corre, Sans titre 1, Fine Art Drawings

Victoire Le Corre

Sans titre 1, 2020
18 x 18 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$502

Robert Wilson, Rinegold, Fine Art Drawings

Robert Wilson

Rinegold, 2000
20 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,509

Patricia Erbelding, Blues 9, Fine Art Drawings

Patricia Erbelding

Blues 9, 2020
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$6,348

Éric Dabancourt, Pilgrim, Fine Art Drawings

Éric Dabancourt

Pilgrim, 2020
140 x 100 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,509

PHP, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

PHP

Sans titre, 2011
21 x 29.7 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$941

Sylvia Elharar-Lemberg, Lettre A, Fine Art Drawings

Sylvia Elharar-Lemberg

Lettre A, 2018
65 x 49 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,882

Derek Sullivan, Illustrations for (and/or from) a book that is (and/or will be) titled "On Filling In", Fine Art Drawings

Derek Sullivan

Illustrations for (and/or from) a book that is (and/or will be) titled "On Filling In", 2016
61.5 x 47 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,882

Caisa Sandgren, Série Solkatt - Cosmos et table basse, Fine Art Drawings

Caisa Sandgren

Série Solkatt - Cosmos et table basse, 2020
33.5 x 50 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$941

Léopold Survage, Personnages et poissons, Fine Art Drawings

Léopold Survage

Personnages et poissons, 1950
21 x 14 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$5,018

Aurel Corjan, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Aurel Corjan

Sans titre, 1993
50 x 65 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,004

Edouard Prulhiere, Composition sans titre XII, Fine Art Drawings

Edouard Prulhiere

Composition sans titre XII, 2013
120 x 70 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,255

Michel Morin, Le Jour Entrouvert Son Rideau, Fine Art Drawings

Michel Morin

Le Jour Entrouvert Son Rideau, 1969
61 x 55.9 x 2.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$9,000

Pierre Alechinsky, Restez assis, Fine Art Drawings

Pierre Alechinsky

Restez assis, 1982
22 x 26.5 x 3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$15,682

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre ref (303), Fine Art Drawings

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre ref (303), 2017
35 x 35 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$740

Antony Squizzato, Cœur tendre, Fine Art Drawings

Antony Squizzato

Cœur tendre, 2021
40 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$439

Philippe Buil, Ombre Clochette, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Buil

Ombre Clochette, 2018
50 x 65 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$439

Max Ernst, Un Acteur de Talent - Original Frottage, Fine Art Drawings

Max Ernst

Un Acteur de Talent - Original Frottage, 1972
36 x 28 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$41,401

Philippe  Hiquily, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Hiquily

Sans titre, 1961
40 x 28 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$11,291

Mathilde de Bellecombe, Falaises, Fine Art Drawings

Mathilde de Bellecombe

Falaises, 2013
10 x 10 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$163

Tania Dibbs, Bramble, Fine Art Drawings

Tania Dibbs

Bramble, 2018
175.3 x 104.1 x 5.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$16,000

LN Le Pape, Sans titre (DED166543), Fine Art Drawings

LN Le Pape

Sans titre (DED166543), 2020
15 x 15 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$63

Jiao Jia Ou Yang, Bonheur, Fine Art Drawings

Jiao Jia Ou Yang

Bonheur, 2020
20 x 20 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$414

Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Starlight, Fine Art Drawings

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Starlight, 2019
100 x 70 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,405

Fabienne Ribeyrolles, Osmose, Fine Art Drawings

Fabienne Ribeyrolles

Osmose, 2018
56 x 42 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$753

Quik (Lin Felton), Marbles, Fine Art Drawings

Quik (Lin Felton)

Marbles, 2020
28 x 38 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$477

Tracey Adams, Balancing Act 2, Fine Art Drawings

Tracey Adams

Balancing Act 2, 2016
66 x 50.8 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,895

Hervé Ringer, Sans Titre (DED467011), Fine Art Drawings

Hervé Ringer

Sans Titre (DED467011), 2020
30 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$176

Benoît Mauduech, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Benoît Mauduech

Sans titre, 2019
21 x 29.7 x 3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$401

Richard Caldicott, Untitled, 2014 (Id. 382), Fine Art Drawings

Richard Caldicott

Untitled, 2014 (Id. 382), 2014
30 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,822

Frédéric Dégranges, Invisible 12, Fine Art Drawings

Frédéric Dégranges

Invisible 12, 2018
45 x 45 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$3,262

Philippe Cognée, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Cognée

Sans titre, 2012
21 x 12 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$878

Ladislas Kijno, Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Ladislas Kijno

Composition, 1960
48 x 76 x 4 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$5,646

André Cervera, Journal d'un confiné 40, Fine Art Drawings

André Cervera

Journal d'un confiné 40, 2020
29.7 x 21 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$351

Aurélie Lafourcade, Taches, Fine Art Drawings

Aurélie Lafourcade

Taches, 2019
60 x 50 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$815

Arman, Watch Gears, Fine Art Drawings

Arman

Watch Gears, 1979
86.4 x 68.6 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$25,000

André Bielen, Synopsie_0355, Fine Art Drawings

André Bielen

Synopsie_0355, 2015
73 x 56 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$941

David Stephen Johnson, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

David Stephen Johnson

Untitled, 2020
76.2 x 55.9 x 1.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$900

Pauline Guerrier, Oeuvre sur papier ancien, Fine Art Drawings

Pauline Guerrier

Oeuvre sur papier ancien, 2020
49 x 36 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$753

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano 23: Arturo and Elio, Thinking Out Loud, Fine Art Drawings

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano 23: Arturo and Elio, Thinking Out Loud, 2014
81.3 x 81.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$13,118

Luigi Cipallone, Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Luigi Cipallone

Composition, 1980
24.5 x 35 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$401

Gregor Hildebrandt, In den eigenen vier Wänden wir müssen uns verschwenden, Fine Art Drawings

Gregor Hildebrandt

In den eigenen vier Wänden wir müssen uns verschwenden, 2008
304.8 x 182.9 x 7.6 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$49,000

Giorgio Griffa, Rosso sotto, Fine Art Drawings

Giorgio Griffa

Rosso sotto, 1998
69 x 86.5 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$9,911

Enrico Paulucci, The Beach, Fine Art Drawings

Enrico Paulucci

The Beach, 1965
31.5 x 43.5 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,255

František Kupka, Black Geometrical Composition, Fine Art Drawings

František Kupka

Black Geometrical Composition, 1950
21 x 17 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$11,918

Jean Feinberg, DD2.15, Fine Art Drawings

Jean Feinberg

DD2.15, 2015
37 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,093

Rolf Julius, Some liquid (green) sounds, Fine Art Drawings

Rolf Julius

Some liquid (green) sounds, 2000
29.5 x 24.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,882

Jacques Gorde, Personnages, Fine Art Drawings

Jacques Gorde

Personnages, 2006
65 x 50 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,041

Pierre Auville, Deep Horizon, Fine Art Drawings

Pierre Auville

Deep Horizon, 2015
89 x 100 x 8 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,915

Parmis Sayous, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Parmis Sayous

Sans titre, 2019
100 x 70 x 5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$4,391

Alessandra Bisi, Devil 4, Fine Art Drawings

Alessandra Bisi

Devil 4, 2018
24 x 35 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$238

Christelle Link, L’Arbre Chamanique, Fine Art Drawings

Christelle Link

L’Arbre Chamanique, 2019
29 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$314

Haude Bernabé, Polymorphismes IV, Fine Art Drawings

Haude Bernabé

Polymorphismes IV, 2018
76 x 56 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$3,638

Inge Horup, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Inge Horup

Untitled, 2015
57 x 38 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$314

Umberto Maria i Casott, Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Umberto Maria i Casott

Composition, 1980
40 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$301

Paul Peters, Black Abstract, Fine Art Drawings

Paul Peters

Black Abstract, 1960
34 x 23.8 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$414

Xanda McCagg, Adjacent 6, Fine Art Drawings

Xanda McCagg

Adjacent 6, 2013
40.6 x 30.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,166

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