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Abstract Print

It's impossible attribute a precise date to the birth of abstract art. Art critics tend to situate the start of the movement in the 1910s and tend to see Wassily Kandinsky's “Picture with a circle" or “Abstract watercolour" as the works that announced the birth of abstract art. Although it is hard to know whether this work was truly the first abstract painting, Kandinsky was undeniably one of the founders of the movement.

However, it is important not to forget that there were many other important artists working at around the same time as Kandinsky and who also created key non-figurative works. These include Piet Mondrian, François Kupka and Kazimir Malevich. The couple Sonia and Robert Delaunay also had a fundamental impact on the development of abstraction. Mesmerised by the bright colours and circular shapes in their compositions, the French poet Apollinaire christened their art Orphism.

Even if abstract art can be seen as a revolution in terms of the artistic traditions that came before it, the movement can also be interpreted as the inevitable and logical result of the work and thinking of preceding artists. Certain experts believe that abstract art can be traced back to Monet and Whistler, who highlighted the importance of visually representing feelings and emotions rather than figurative objects. Fauvism contributed to our understanding of the power of colour, whilst Cubists pushed figurative art to its limits by playing around with geometric shapes and forms.

In a similar way, it seems illogical to give abstract art a single definition as the movement itself is so complex. The one thing that all abstract artists have in common is that they believe reality is subjective. They don't paint subjects, objects or people but focus on emotions, feelings or esthetics using shapes, colours and brush strokes to convey their message.

Geometric and lyrical abstract art are both forms of abstraction in is purest form. There is no clear subject matter or if the artist was inspired by a particular object, person or scene we can't tell without additional information. There can be different degrees of abstraction. For example, some forms of figurative art may be partially abstract if they distort the reality they represent. It is important not to underestimate the role that historical context has played in the development of emerging art movements. Abstract art has known two golden ages; the first between the two World Wars, just before the Great Depression, and the second between 1947 and 1970. Why? In short, human suffering. When artists no longer know how to represent the horrors of warfare and convey the suffering that society has endured, they must innovate, look for new techniques and call upon the subjective memories of survivors. In the words of Adorno, “writing poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric".

Abstract art reached its peak between 1950 and 1970 in New York thanks to abstract expressionist artists such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Although this might be the movement that comes to mind when thinking of abstract art, there are many other movements related to non-figurative art, including Surrealism, Fauvism, Cubism, Bauhaus and Futurism.

With the advent of new technology, new art movements have emerged in the 21st century. Abstraction continues to be important to several of these movements. Many painters and sculptors still continue to create pure abstract art, such as Anish Kapoor, Ben Berlow and Christian Rosa. Abstract art has not disappeared; it has merely evolved and continues to adapt to its society.

Artsper has a wide range of abstract prints from many well known contemporary and modern artists, including Zao Wou-Ki, Pablo Picasso,Victor Vasarely and Joan Miro, as well as a selection from emerging artists.

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Joan Miró, Constellation III (Por Alberti, por l'Espana), Print

Joan Miró

Constellation III (Por Alberti, por l'Espana), 1975
90 x 66 x 0.2 cm

$16,686 $23,837

André Saraiva, Mr. A & Miss A - OX, Print

André Saraiva

Mr. A & Miss A - OX, 2020
20.3 x 20.3 cm


Valérie Betoulaud, Le Plongeon - bleu rouge, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Le Plongeon - bleu rouge, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm


Hans Richter, Untitled, Print

Hans Richter

Untitled, 1970
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm

$753 $941

Marcel Ceuppens, La Colombe, Print

Marcel Ceuppens

La Colombe, 2020
33 x 48 cm


Joëlle Acoulon, Sans titre, 4/3/2021, Print

Joëlle Acoulon

Sans titre, 4/3/2021, 2021
75 x 50 cm


Jaume Plensa, Untitled 1, Print

Jaume Plensa

Untitled 1, 2021
105 x 75 cm


Sonia Delaunay, Juste présent, planche n°8, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Juste présent, planche n°8, 1961
38 x 28 cm


Hans Hartung, L1977-4, Print

Hans Hartung

L1977-4, 1977
52 x 40 cm


Georges Braque, Descente aux enfers, Print

Georges Braque

Descente aux enfers, 1961
35 x 25 cm


Alexander Calder, Black lines, Print

Alexander Calder

Black lines, 1975
55.9 x 76.2 cm


Baptiste Laurent, caballo serigraphie, Print

Baptiste Laurent

caballo serigraphie, 2021
65 x 40 x 0.3 cm


Josep Guinovart, Mare Nostrum 14, Print

Josep Guinovart

Mare Nostrum 14, 1985
54 x 36 x 0.1 cm


Corrina Cooper, Vase No.2, Print

Corrina Cooper

Vase No.2, 2021
60 x 17 x 0.1 cm


Alejandro Avakian, Black Portrait, Print

Alejandro Avakian

Black Portrait, 2020
70 x 50 cm


Manolo Acedo, Digital print, triptych, Print

Manolo Acedo

Digital print, triptych, 2017
26 x 19 x 1 cm


Juan José Torralba, Plenitud, Print

Juan José Torralba

Plenitud, 1970
77 x 57 x 0.1 cm


Birgitte Hansen, Memphis 2, Print

Birgitte Hansen

Memphis 2, 2017
56 x 40 x 0.1 cm


Ewelina Skowronska, Rosy Fingered Moon, Print

Ewelina Skowronska

Rosy Fingered Moon, 2020
90 x 112 x 0.1 cm


Erró, De la série ”A travers…1”, Print


De la série ”A travers…1”, 1994
31 x 23 cm


James Coignard, Zone de silence, Print

James Coignard

Zone de silence, 1925
67 x 51 x 0.3 cm


Isabelle Courtois Lacoste, Silence vert, Print

Isabelle Courtois Lacoste

Silence vert, 2020
30 x 20 cm


Andrei Sorel (Florea), Le violoniste, Print

Andrei Sorel (Florea)

Le violoniste, 1998
76 x 57 cm


Oshi Rabin, Path, Print

Oshi Rabin

Path, 2020
50.8 x 76.2 x 7.6 cm


David L-K, Ventriloque, Print

David L-K

Ventriloque, 2019
100 x 70 x 0.5 cm


André Lanskoy, Bleu composition, Print

André Lanskoy

Bleu composition, 1965
65.4 x 50.2 x 0.2 cm


Mick Finch, Book of Knowledge - Planche 180, Print

Mick Finch

Book of Knowledge - Planche 180, 2021
59 x 73 cm


Jean Jacques Beaumé, Collage Bleu Boum, Print

Jean Jacques Beaumé

Collage Bleu Boum, 2021
130 x 235 x 0.35 cm


Christine Béglet, Panoramique, Print

Christine Béglet

Panoramique, 2013
100 x 511 x 3 cm


Zixidi, Glitch landscape n°4, Print


Glitch landscape n°4, 2020
70 x 70 x 0.03 cm


Pierre Alechinsky, Ophtalmologue, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Ophtalmologue, 1972
74 x 54 x 0.2 cm


Our recommendations Felipe Pantone, Subtractive Variability P 3, Print

Felipe Pantone

Subtractive Variability P 3, 2020
100 x 70 cm


Goddog, Cyclade, Print


Cyclade, 2020
70 x 50 x 0.2 cm


Claude Viallat, Sans Titre, Print

Claude Viallat

Sans Titre, 2004
120 x 115 x 0.2 cm


Julien Raynaud, Love, Print

Julien Raynaud

Love, 2018
70 x 50 x 1 cm


Max Ernst, Composition from "Festin", Print

Max Ernst

Composition from "Festin", 1974
46 x 34 x 0.1 cm


Our recommendations Jean Miotte, Élegie, Print

Jean Miotte

Élegie, 1992
126 x 88 cm


MadC, Yin and Yang, Print


Yin and Yang, 2019
76 x 56 cm


Sophie Petetin, PRINTEMPS FOU, Print

Sophie Petetin

40 x 40 x 0.5 cm


Regina Gimenez, Sin título 1, Print

Regina Gimenez

Sin título 1, 2018
143 x 103 cm


Jean-Paul Agosti, Canopée, Print

Jean-Paul Agosti

Canopée, 2002
34 x 27 cm


Zao Wou-Ki, Sans titre, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Sans titre, 1987
56 x 76 x 0.1 cm


Our recommendations Carlos Cruz-Diez, Color Aditivo Cantarrana 3, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Color Aditivo Cantarrana 3, 2016
70 x 100 cm


Our recommendations Pablo Reinoso, Cap i Cua, Print

Pablo Reinoso

Cap i Cua, 2020
50 x 200 cm


Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-267), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-267), 1982
107 x 76 cm


Jackson Pollock, Untitled, CR1095 (after painting Number 22, CR344), Print

Jackson Pollock

Untitled, CR1095 (after painting Number 22, CR344), 1951
73.5 x 58.3 x 0.1 cm


Stoz, Stay in Sobriety, Print


Stay in Sobriety, 2020
50 x 50 x 2 cm


Severine Dietrich, Eclipse #1, Print

Severine Dietrich

Eclipse #1, 2019
70 x 50 x 1 cm


François Morellet, Intersecting Lines, Print

François Morellet

Intersecting Lines, 1975
36.5 x 36.5 x 0.2 cm


Jean Soyer, 030906, Print

Jean Soyer

030906, 2003
65 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Jesús-Rafael Soto, Untitled, (Black And Silver), Print

Jesús-Rafael Soto

Untitled, (Black And Silver), 1970
98.5 x 77.5 x 0.3 cm


Bernar Venet, Grib, Print

Bernar Venet

Grib, 2016
28 x 38.5 x 1 cm


Alain Clément, 18OC2G-2018, Print

Alain Clément

18OC2G-2018, 2018
65 x 50 cm


Caroline Veith, September 2015 #1, Print

Caroline Veith

September 2015 #1, 2015
25 x 25 x 5 cm


Shu Takahashi, Annunciation, Print

Shu Takahashi

Annunciation, 1970
48 x 64 x 0.1 cm

$457 $652

Serge Poliakoff, Orange And Bordeaux Composition, Print

Serge Poliakoff

Orange And Bordeaux Composition, 1963
64 x 76 x 0.1 cm


Vassily Kandinsky, Gravure pour 10, Print

Vassily Kandinsky

Gravure pour 10, 1942
38 x 28 x 0.1 cm


Lee Bae, Sans titre n°10, Print

Lee Bae

Sans titre n°10, 2018
70 x 52 cm


Luis Feito, Octubre IV, Print

Luis Feito

Octubre IV, 1989
105 x 75 cm


Eduardo Chillida, Casa de Goya, Print

Eduardo Chillida

Casa de Goya, 1983
78 x 59.5 cm


Piero Dorazio, Kalithea, Print

Piero Dorazio

Kalithea, 1977
55 x 76.5 x 0.1 cm


Joanne Freeman, Covers 1 Cobalt, Print

Joanne Freeman

Covers 1 Cobalt, 2017
71 x 66 cm


Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995
78 x 57 x 1 cm


Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Juego de signos, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Juego de signos, 1990
90 x 63 cm


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