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Abstract Painting

Abstract painting is a form of expression which contrasts with representational art, where capturing the likeness of the subject is presented as the artist's ultimate objective. Abstract painting is in fact the very opposite of figurative art. Even if we are not able to understand the meaning behind an abstract work without additional information, it can nonetheless succeed in conveying a sense of emotion and feeling.

We tend to associate the birth of abstraction with the artist Wassily Kandinsky and the artistic revolution he initiated during the 20th century. As one of the movement's pioneers, he was at the forefront of the breakaway from representational art along with Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian and Kupka. Kandinsky not only shared his views on abstraction through his art but also in his written work. In 1910 he published his book “Concerning the Spiritual in Art" in which he defended the symbolic importance of each of the elements present in painting and which gave each artwork a spiritual dimension. In the same year, he unveiled his first abstract piece, entitled “Abstract watercolour". Abstract art was born. Figurativism had been left to one side in favour of a new movement where artists dealt directly with the intangible and immaterial, without explicitly identifying a subject matter. Several sub-genres started to emerge. Kazimir Malevich became known for his legendary 1915 painting “Black Square", followed by “White on White" in 1918, with which he laid the foundations for Suprematism. Malevich believed that a painting was composed of an ensemble of independent forces which could evolve together in the order to find a sense of harmony and equilibrium within the work. Abstraction can also take on a more lyrical form, especially when accompanied by music. Kandinsky's the “Picture with the Black Arch" is an excellent example of this. The large-scale painting was painted in 1912 and is seen as a marking the turning point for a new era in the history of art.

As well as his work on the composition of shapes and colours, Kandinsky had synesthesia. His condition can be seen as a decisive factor in triggering the artist's desire to create a new artistic language. His senses intertwined and became one, transforming sounds into shapes and colours. Kandinsky's use of colour is much more than a question of aesthetics; it was inherent to the way he perceived the world. In this abstract painting, each colour has been carefully chosen and is filled with symbolic meaning. In his abstract two-dimensional painting, Kandinsky succeeds in ensuring that the spectator can feel and hear an entire orchestra playing a Wagner opera.

Geometric abstraction both stems from and contrasts with lyrical abstraction, which geometric abstract artists summarised as “abstract landscaping". As its name suggests, this new form of abstraction is centred around the use of geometric shapes to create a sense of purity in the painting. Lines, squares, triangles and circles all collide with the use of bold, block colours on a two-dimensional surface. Kupka was one of the movement's leading figures but nonetheless did not want to be associated with it, believing that art should be the very opposite of abstract; it should be concrete and real. Alongside him, Mondrian laid the foundations for geometric abstraction with his characteristic use of neat shapes and rectangles. The artist developed his unique style by structuring his paintings around an underlying orthogonal grid and using sharp right angles.

And last but not least, it is important to remember the influence that both Robert and Sonia Delaunay had on the development of abstraction. The couple seduced the French critic and poet Guillaume Apollinaire with their circular shapes and use of colour. Apollinaire christened their art Orphism, a reference to the mythological Greek figure Orpheus as well as to the title of one of his own poems, which he felt was reminiscent of the 'luminous language' conveyed in their paintings. In this regard, Orphism seems to have more in common with lyrical rather than geometric abstraction.

Although abstract art marked a decisive break from prior artistic traditions, the movement can also be seen as the inevitable and logical result of the work and thinking of previous artists. At the start of the century the Fauvist movement explored the importance of colour, whilst the Cubists started to deconstruct shapes and play with geometry. In a similar way, German Expressionism, which was born in 1905, encouraged the idea that independent emotions, detached from reality, should be the focus of an artist's work. Thanks to abstraction, modern art has been able to excel and reach its very peak. By no longer focusing on physical subjects, artists are no longer limited to representing recognisable reality. Abstract art has a universal language to share and convey. Since its beginnings, abstraction has been significantly shared across the world and has contributed a great deal to contemporary thinking today.

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Ralph Resch, Zone vierge, Painting

Ralph Resch

Zone vierge, 2020
100 x 81 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,055

Our recommendations Frédérique Barba, Untitled 89, Painting

Frédérique Barba

Untitled 89, 2021
146 x 97 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,234

Ronald Hunter, Triangle Traffic I, Painting

Ronald Hunter

Triangle Traffic I, 2021
80 x 80 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,227

Stratos, Ribambelle, Painting

Stratos

Ribambelle, 2021
55 x 46 x 2 cm
Painting

$5,089

Nathanael Koffi, Voyage, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

Voyage, 2021
65 x 100 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$1,576

Seen, Raw bubble, Painting

Seen

Raw bubble, 2020
71 x 71 cm
Painting

$1,862

Liora, Portoferraio, Painting

Liora

Portoferraio, 2021
30 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$621

David Ferreira, Toto, Painting

David Ferreira

Toto, 2019
100 x 50 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,613

David Jehan (B.boss), Banc de poissons 6, Painting

David Jehan (B.boss)

Banc de poissons 6, 2021
80 x 80 x 2 cm
Painting

$856

Antonino Puliafico, Primi fiori, Painting

Antonino Puliafico

Primi fiori, 2021
180 x 240 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$7,323

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre Ref (234), Painting

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre Ref (234), 2019
120 x 120 x 3 cm
Painting

$6,578

Antony Squizzato, Yogi bird, Painting

Antony Squizzato

Yogi bird, 2021
80 x 60 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,730

Gina Vor, Black Art 8, Abstrait Noir 8, Painting

Gina Vor

Black Art 8, Abstrait Noir 8, 2020
30 x 21 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$124

Stoz, F 123, Painting

Stoz

F 123, 2021
60 x 30 x 3.5 cm
Painting

$174

Hildegarde Handsaeme, Maurice II, Painting

Hildegarde Handsaeme

Maurice II, 2021
50 x 65 x 1 cm
Painting

$596

Bze Bzeland, Ice & love, Painting

Bze Bzeland

Ice & love, 2021
30 x 21 cm
Painting

$186

Thierry Zdzieblo, ZDZ1122, Painting

Thierry Zdzieblo

ZDZ1122, 2021
100 x 50 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,986

Agnès Cellérier, Le lever du jour, Painting

Agnès Cellérier

Le lever du jour, 2019
41 x 27 x 2 cm
Painting

$418

Fabienne Ribeyrolles, Armageddon, Painting

Fabienne Ribeyrolles

Armageddon, 2020
80 x 80 cm
Painting

$2,606

Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Sirène, Painting

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Sirène, 2020
50 x 50 cm
Painting

$819

Cédrix Crespel, Close, Painting

Cédrix Crespel

Close, 2020
120 x 120 x 3 cm
Painting

$6,826

Pierre Fillastre, N°404, Painting

Pierre Fillastre

N°404, 2021
40 x 50 cm
Painting

$385

Thérèse Bosc, Divagations 5 - Vers l'espoir, Painting

Thérèse Bosc

Divagations 5 - Vers l'espoir, 2021
80 x 80 cm
Painting

$1,191

Jani, Sans titre, Painting

Jani

Sans titre, 2021
60 x 60 cm
Painting

$3,723

Olivier Debré, Ocre foncé de Touraine, Painting

Olivier Debré

Ocre foncé de Touraine, 1990
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

25,000 - $ 50,000

Estelle Barbet, Bientôt demain, Painting

Estelle Barbet

Bientôt demain, 2021
80 x 80 cm
Painting

$2,048

H-Nguyen, Growing Flowers, Painting

H-Nguyen

Growing Flowers, 2020
95 x 95 cm
Painting

$1,415

Frédéric Dégranges, Flux 12, Painting

Frédéric Dégranges

Flux 12, 2020
26 x 26 cm
Painting

$1,117

Âme Sauvage, Objet d'un autre monde, Painting

Âme Sauvage

Objet d'un autre monde, 2021
30 x 40 x 0.3 cm
Painting

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Maryse Chatron Kriloff, L'appel de la montagne, Painting

Maryse Chatron Kriloff

L'appel de la montagne, 2021
50 x 70 cm
Painting

$1,142

Payu Napaltjarri, Sans titre, Painting

Payu Napaltjarri

Sans titre, 2017
107 x 28 cm
Painting

$2,482

Joëlle Michenet, Le chemin I, Painting

Joëlle Michenet

Le chemin I, 2021
100 x 80 cm
Painting

$2,333

Loreto Verrocchia, Sans titre, Painting

Loreto Verrocchia

Sans titre, 2020
29 x 41 x 1 cm
Painting

$683

Wilds, Waterfalls, Painting

Wilds

Waterfalls, 2015
100 x 140 x 15 cm
Painting

10,000 - $ 15,000

Nat Stresser, Les larmes du Soleil, Painting

Nat Stresser

Les larmes du Soleil, 2021
81 x 130 cm
Painting

$2,855

Walter Mafli, Abstrait pailleté, Painting

Walter Mafli

Abstrait pailleté, 1984
60 x 70 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$2,213

Benoit Sjöholm, 13 lignes I I (BS08), Painting

Benoit Sjöholm

13 lignes I I (BS08), 2021
65 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$1,117

Jean Rouzaud, Sans titre, Painting

Jean Rouzaud

Sans titre, 1986
90.5 x 63.5 x 1 cm
Painting

$745

Eric Marsiam, N6, Painting

Eric Marsiam

N6, 2020
100 x 100 x 1.5 cm
Painting

$6,206

Marc Prat, Meditacion P VI, Painting

Marc Prat

Meditacion P VI, 2019
24 x 18 x 1 cm
Painting

$273

Nacho Mariezcurrena, Elegante y torpe, Painting

Nacho Mariezcurrena

Elegante y torpe, 2018
69 x 49 x 0.5 cm
Painting

$400

Sébastien Couëffic, Voyageurs entre montagnes et ruisseaux, Painting

Sébastien Couëffic

Voyageurs entre montagnes et ruisseaux, 2019
150 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,862

Brooke Noel Morgan, Undoing, Painting

Brooke Noel Morgan

Undoing, 2020
218.4 x 152.4 cm
Painting

$8,669

Rafael Sliks, Full color 2, Painting

Rafael Sliks

Full color 2, 2020
116 x 89 x 3 cm
Painting

$5,585

Laurence Hubswerlin Diradourian, Versailles, Painting

Laurence Hubswerlin Diradourian

Versailles, 2021
90 x 60 cm
Painting

$1,837

Richard Saint-Amans, Le bateau Ivre, Painting

Richard Saint-Amans

Le bateau Ivre, 2021
159 x 99 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,078 $3,847

Fabrice Rebeyrolle, Mon enfance à Auvers sur Oise, l'Eglise 4, Painting

Fabrice Rebeyrolle

Mon enfance à Auvers sur Oise, l'Eglise 4, 2020
94 x 74.5 cm
Painting

$8,440

Julie Breton, Memories No.7, Painting

Julie Breton

Memories No.7, 2020
66.04 x 50.8 cm
Painting

$1,720

Christian Jodin, Light red and gold, Painting

Christian Jodin

Light red and gold, 2021
80 x 80 x 1 cm
Painting

$431 $614

Perrotte, Clip, Painting

Perrotte

Clip, 2021
60 x 92 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$4,096

Françoise DAGORN, Diving to a better world ?, Painting

Françoise DAGORN

Diving to a better world ?, 2021
100 x 160 cm
Painting

$5,113

Marta Zawadzka, Sunlight, Painting

Marta Zawadzka

Sunlight, 2021
120 x 160 x 2 cm
Painting

$4,282

Anne-Marie Cutolo, Enfance n°72, Painting

Anne-Marie Cutolo

Enfance n°72, 2012
116 x 89 cm
Painting

$3,351

Sarah Leo Napurrurla, Ngapa Jukurrpa - Water Dreaming - Puyurru, Painting

Sarah Leo Napurrurla

Ngapa Jukurrpa - Water Dreaming - Puyurru, 2020
30 x 30 x 3 cm
Painting

$434

ARySQUE, Love me doux, Painting

ARySQUE

Love me doux, 2012
100 x 80 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$1,769

Emma Godebska, Riverflow 06, Painting

Emma Godebska

Riverflow 06, 2020
50 x 65 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,117

Martina Nehrling, Weeds, Painting

Martina Nehrling

Weeds, 2017
66.04 x 50.8 cm
Painting

$2,149

Maria Bacha, New Light V, Painting

Maria Bacha

New Light V, 2020
70 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,364

Vitaliy Lishko, Untitled / Unique, Painting

Vitaliy Lishko

Untitled / Unique, 2021
44 x 60 x 6 cm
Painting

$3,214 $4,592

Tic, G.o.d, Painting

Tic

G.o.d, 2021
215 x 180 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$2,296

Debbie Brown Napaljarri, Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming), Painting

Debbie Brown Napaljarri

Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming), 2020
46 x 46 cm
Painting

$931

Jan Kaláb, Purple Gate, Painting

Jan Kaláb

Purple Gate, 2019
121.9 x 76.2 cm
Painting

$6,200

Jonathan Pradillon, Texture couteau bleue iridescente, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture couteau bleue iridescente, 2021
61 x 50 x 1.6 cm
Painting

$186

Michael Grine, Double mutant, Painting

Michael Grine

Double mutant, 2021
61 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm
Painting

$1,000

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