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Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

EXPRESSIONIST STYLE

While “expressionist” is used to describe any art that avoids naturalism and instead employs a bold use of flattened forms and intense brushwork, Expressionist art formally describes early-20th-century work from Europe that drew on Symbolism and confronted issues such as urbanization and capitalism. Expressionist artists experimented in paintings and prints with skewed perspectives, abstraction and unconventional, bright colors to portray how isolating and anxious the world felt rather than how it appeared. 

Between 1905 and 1920, Austrian and German artists, in particular, were inspired by Postimpressionists such as Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh in their efforts to strive for a new authenticity in their work. In its geometric patterns and decorative details, Expressionist art was also marked by eclectic sources like German and Russian folk art as well as tribal art from Africa and Oceania, which the movement’s practitioners witnessed at museums and world’s fairs.

Groups of artists came together to share and promote the themes now associated with Expressionism, such as Die Brücke (The Bridge) in Dresden, which included Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and investigated alienation and the dissolution of society in vivid color. In Munich, Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a group led by Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, instilled Expressionism with a search for spiritual truths. In his iconic painting The Scream, prolific Norwegian painter Edvard Munch conveyed emotional turmoil through his depiction of environmental elements, such as the threatening sky.

Expressionism shifted around the outbreak of World War I, with artists using more elements of the grotesque in reaction to the escalation of unrest and violence. Printmaking was especially popular, as it allowed artists to widely disseminate works that grappled with social and political issues amid this time of upheaval. Although the art movement ended with the rise of Nazi Germany, where Expressionist creators were labeled “degenerate,” the radical ideas of these artists would influence Neo-Expressionism that emerged in the late 1970s with painters like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francesco Clemente.

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Style: Expressionist
Fashion
Located in London, GB
original watercolor painting on paper
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Acrylic, Tempera, Pencil, Paper, Watercolor

Imra
Located in London, GB
original water
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Acrylic, Tempera, Watercolor

Miss B.
Located in London, GB
lady in red with a fox shape emerald ring blue apple representing mistery original watercolor on paper painted from life in London, Chelsea
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Tempera, Watercolor

Janny
Located in London, GB
original watercolor painting on paper
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Acrylic, Tempera, Watercolor, Pencil

Emerald boy
Located in London, GB
portrait of a boy
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Tempera, Watercolor

Silvester
Located in London, GB
watercolor portrait
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Dory
Located in London, GB
original watercolor, tempera, pencil on paper 21x29,7cm hand signed
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Tempera, Watercolor, Pencil

Second Post-stroke Self Portrait
Located in San Francisco, CA
Leonard Baskin (American, 1922-2000) "Second Post-stroke Self Portrait" (1991) Watercolor on paper 30.25" x 22.5" Signed and dated on the front Certificate of authenticity and lett...
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1990s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Paper

Rock star
Located in London, GB
portrait of a rock star
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor, Aquatint

Sebastian
Located in London, GB
portrait painted from life. as an artist is able to capture in a few gestures the moment in which the subject fully reveals his soul, his most intimate and authentic being. In her w...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Silvery
Located in London, GB
portrait painted from life. The portraits of Anastasia Kurakina are not descriptions of the physiognomies in a realistic sense but capture the essence of the subject, in a nutshell ...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Oil, Tempera, Watercolor, Pencil

Freddy
Located in London, GB
original watercolor on paper had signed
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Elena
Located in London, GB
a beautiful expressive portrait of a thoughtful woman. Amazing blue brushstrokes and silver shadows add to the painting a precious stone look.
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Tempera, Watercolor

Power Couple romantic couple subject soft warm pastel color blue gray tones
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pastel on toned archival paper signed and dated bottom left. Portrait of a couple with much history between them. Mounted on archival foam board for future framing options
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Archival Paper, Pastel

Life is but a dream
Located in London, GB
Mixed media on Fabriano Signed lower right This work includes a certificate of authenticity. Framed (matte black wooden frame, black raised float mount on foam core, UV anti-reflect...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Mixed Media

Fleeting Ghosts
Located in London, GB
Mixed media on foam board Signed lower right This work includes a certificate of authenticity. Framed (matte black wooden frame, black raised float mount on foam core, UV anti-refle...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Mixed Media

Portrait of Woman in Hat, Watercolor by Eve Nethercott
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Eve Nethercott, American (1925 - ) Title: Portrait of Woman in Hat (P1.1) Year: circa 1962 Medium: Watercolor on Paper Size: 11 x 15 in. (27.94 x 38.1 cm)
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1960s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Portrait of a man, an expressionist drawing by László Moholy-Nagy
Located in PARIS, FR
This recently rediscovered expressionist drawing by László Moholy-Nagy is part of a small group of drawings made by the artist early in his career, in Vienna and Berlin. The use of i...
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1910s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Wax Crayon, Cardboard

Female Nude Study Watercolor Drawing by Rotislaw Racoff
By Rotislaw Racoff
Located in Atlanta, GA
1940s nude study, watercolor, and ink on paper painting by Polish/Russian artist Rotislaw Racoff (1904 - 1982). A fine study of a young woman, probably Asian, sitting back. The artis...
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1940s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink, Watercolor

Portrait of Young Girl Gouache Painting by Max Moreau
By Max Moreau
Located in Atlanta, GA
1950s portrait, gouache on paper painting by Belgian artist, Max Moreau (1902 - 1992). A fine portrait of a lovely young girl looking like a good child from the period right after WW...
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1950s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Gouache

'Medea', Jason's Enchantress, Greek Mythological Figural, Expressionist Woman
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
Signed lower right, 'Peter Brandes' (Danish, born 1944) and dated 1964-1965. Titled, upper left, 'Medea' and bearing 2017 dedication in graphite, lower right, to Kirsten. Peter Bran...
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1960s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Gouache

Inclined Head of a Woman
Located in New York, NY
Provenance: The Artist’s widow (according to a handwritten label on the reverse) with David Cooper, 56 George Street, London, 1951; where probably acquired by: Walter Steinberg, U...
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1920s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink, Pen

Head of a Woman
Located in New York, NY
Provenance: The Artist’s widow (according to a handwritten label on the reverse) with David Cooper, 56 George Street, London, 1951; where probably acquired by: Walter Steinberg, U...
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1920s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink, Watercolor, Pen

Dearly Beloved #37
Located in London, GB
Mixed media on Fabriano Signed lower right This work includes a certificate of authenticity. Framed (matte black wooden frame, black raised float mount on foam core, UV anti-reflect...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Mixed Media

Past. Present. Future. Imperfect
Located in London, GB
Mixed media on Fabriano Signed lower right This work includes a certificate of authenticity. Framed (matte black wooden frame, black raised float mount on foam core, UV anti-reflect...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Mixed Media

Rehearsal at the Paris Opera House
Located in London, GB
'Rehearsal at the Paris Opera House', gouache on art paper, by Maurice Le Nestour (circa 1970s). Like Degas, Le Nestour found a world that excited both his taste for classical beauty...
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1970s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Gouache

Tender
Located in London, GB
Mixed media on Fabriano Signed, dated and titled on the reverse Framed (matte black wooden frame, black raised float mount on foam core, UV anti-reflective glass)
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Mixed Media

The Racing Horses
Located in London, GB
'The Racing Horses', gouache on art paper (circa 1970s), by Pierre Gaillardot. France has produced some of the world’s greatest horses and riders, with an equestrian tradition that d...
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1970s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Gouache

La Montera
Located in London, GB
'La Montera', gouache, watercolour and ink on art paper, by Pierre Ambrogiani (circa 1960s). The artist created many artworks with bullfighting as theme. In this case, a single torer...
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1960s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor, Gouache

“A Balinese woman with offerings” (1936)
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Theo Meier (1908-1982) “A Balinese woman with offerings” Signed, dated '36 and annotated Mankok (the name of the sitter) lower left Sanguine on paper, measures: 57 x 41.5 cm In ...
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1930s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Crayon

Portrait - Drawing on Paper by Sebastiano Carta - 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait is an original mixed media drawing on paper realized by Sebastiano Carta. In good conditions except for some diffused foldings. Hand-signed on the lower left margin in pen...
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1950s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Mixed Media

Mademoiselle Ledran Rue de l'Hotel Colbert Paris
Located in London, GB
'Mademoiselle Ledran Rue de l'Hotel Colbert Paris', charcoal and ink on fine art paper, by French artist, Guillaume Dulac (circa 1920s). An artist known for his exquisite drawings - ...
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1920s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Charcoal, Ink

Portrait - Drawing on Paper by Sebastiano Carta - 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait is an original Mixed media drawing on paper, realized by Sebastiano Carta. In good conditions except for some diffused foldings. Hand-signed on the lower left margin in pe...
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1950s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Mixed Media

Portrait of Woman in Pearl Necklace
Located in London, GB
'Portrait of Woman in Pearl Necklace', pastel on fine art paper (see information below), by Charles Camoin (circa 1920s) dedicated to Marie-Louise Tavernier. Regrettably, research on...
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Early 20th Century Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pastel

Untitled - Parmis Sayous 21st Century drawing, Iranian contemporary painter
Located in Paris, FR
Ink and pastel on canvas Created in 2019 in Paris, France Unique work Signed by the artist Parmis Sayous was born in 1982 in Teheran, Iran. Since 2015, She has lived and worked in P...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Canvas, Pastel, Ink

Untitled - Parmis Sayous 21st Century drawing, Iranian contemporary painter
Located in Paris, FR
Oil on paper Created in 2019 in Paris, France Unique work Signed by the artist Parmis Sayous was born in 1982 in Teheran, Iran. Since 2015, She has lived and worked in Paris and ded...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Oil, Paper

Untitled - Parmis Sayous 21st Century drawing, Iranian contemporary painter
Located in Paris, FR
Ink and pastel on paper Created in 2020 in Paris, France Unique work Signed by the artist Parmis Sayous was born in 1982 in Teheran, Iran. Since 2015, She has lived and worked in Pa...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Oil

Couple Drinking 1956 Ink on Mint Green Cardstock
Located in San Francisco, CA
This 1956 ink on mint green cardstock drawing of a couple is by Expressionist West Coast artist Byron Randall (1918-1999). His work is held in permanent collections of the Phillips C...
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1940s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink

Untitled - Parmis Sayous 21st Century drawing, Iranian contemporary painter
Located in Paris, FR
Oil on paper Created in 2019 in Paris, France Unique work Signed by the artist Parmis Sayous was born in 1982 in Teheran, Iran. Since 2015, She has lived and worked in Paris and ded...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Oil

WHAT A GREAT JOKE
Located in New York, NY
charcoal drawing of a group of friends telling jokes on canvas.
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1980s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Canvas, Charcoal

Woman In Introspection Mid Century Ink
Located in San Francisco, CA
This mid 20th century figurative ink on paper board is by Expressionist painter, mixed media artist, and sculptor Martin Snipper (1914-2008). He studied at the National Academy of Ar...
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1950s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Abstract Expressionist Watercolor Portrait
Located in Soquel, CA
Abstract expressionist portrait of a colorful face by Berkeley artist Howard Margolis (American, 1927-2015). Unsigned, with “Howard Margolis” on verso. Presented unframed, in a paste...
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Late 20th Century Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Expressionist Figures in Watercolor, Early 20th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
This early to mid 20th century Expressionist scene with figures is by Polish-born New York Expressionist Jennings Tofel (1891-1959). Tofel was a friend of Georgia O'Keefe and Alfred ...
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Early 20th Century Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Man with Long Face, Ink and Wash on Paper by Abraham Rattner 1961
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Abraham Rattner, American (1895 - 1978) Title: Man with Long Face Year: 1961 Medium: Ink and Wash on Paper, signed, dated and dedicated to Sue Salinas Size: 10 x 8.5 inches ...
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1960s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Watercolor

Girls at the Lunch Counter
Located in Soquel, CA
Drawing of three girls sitting at a counter by Allie William “Bill” Skelton (American, 1942-1986). Signed and dated "A B Skelton '77" in the lower right corner. Presented in a simple...
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1970s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pastel

Minimal Expressionist Portrait in Graphite, Mid 20th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
This mid 20th century graphite and Conte crayon on paper is by New York and Bay Area artist Ethel Weiner Guttman (1916-1990). Guttman studied at the National Academy of Art in NY in...
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1950s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Crayon, Graphite

Eleanor
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Emmet Edwards Title: Eleanor Medium: Watercolor on paper, signed, dated, and titled in pencil Image Size: 21 x 14 inches Frame Size: 28.5 x 21.5 inches
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1930s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Archival Paper

Red and grey feathers- Parmis Sayous 21st Century drawing, Iranian artist
Located in Paris, FR
Pastel and acrylic ink on cardboard Created in 2019 in Paris, France Unique work Signed and dated by the artist on the back Parmis Sayous was born in 1982 in Teheran, Iran. Since 20...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Pastel, Cardboard, Ink

The Moonslayer - Parmis Sayous 21st Century drawing Iranian contemporary painter
Located in Paris, FR
Pastel and India ink on cardboard Created in 2019 in Paris, France Unique work Signed by the artist Parmis Sayous was born in 1982 in Teheran, Iran. Since 2015, She has lived and wo...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Pastel, India Ink, Cardboard

The blue pose - Parmis Sayous 21st Century drawing, Iranian painter
Located in Paris, FR
Pastel and India ink on cardboard Created in 2019 in Paris, France Unique work Signed by the artist Parmis Sayous was born in 1982 in Teheran, Iran. Since 2015, She has lived and wo...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Pastel, India Ink, Cardboard

Cocoon - Parmis Sayous, 21st Century drawing, Iranian contemporary painter
Located in Paris, FR
Pastel and oil paint on cardboard Created in 2018 in Paris, France Unique work Signed and dated by the artist on the back Parmis Sayous was born in 1982 in Teheran, Iran. Since 2015...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Pastel, Cardboard, Oil

Untitled - Parmis Sayous 21st Century drawing, Iranian contemporary painter
Located in Paris, FR
Pastel and India ink on cardboard Created in 2018 in Paris, France Unique work Signed by the artist Parmis Sayous was born in 1982 in Teheran, Iran. Since 2015, She has lived and wo...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Pastel, India Ink, Cardboard

Untitled - Parmis Sayous 21st Century drawing, Iranian contemporary painter
Located in Paris, FR
Pastel and India ink on cardboard Created in 2019 in Paris, France Unique work Signed by the artist Parmis Sayous was born in 1982 in Teheran, Iran. Since 2015, She has lived and wo...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Pastel, India Ink, Cardboard

Untitled - Parmis Sayous 21st Century drawing, Iranian contemporary painter
Located in Paris, FR
Pastel and India ink on cardboard Created in 2019 in Paris, France Unique work Signed by the artist Parmis Sayous was born in 1982 in Teheran, Iran. Since 2015, She has lived and wo...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Pastel, India Ink, Cardboard

Untitled - Parmis Sayous 21st Century drawing, Iranian contemporary painter
Located in Paris, FR
Pastel and India ink on cardboard Created in 2019 in Paris, France Unique work Signed by the artist Parmis Sayous was born in 1982 in Teheran, Iran. Since 2015, She has lived and wo...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Pastel, India Ink, Cardboard

Untitled - Parmis Sayous 21st Century drawing, Iranian contemporary painter
Located in Paris, FR
Pastel and India ink on cardboard Created in 2019 in Paris, France Unique work Signed by the artist Parmis Sayous was born in 1982 in Teheran, Iran. Since 2015, She has lived and wo...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Pastel, India Ink, Cardboard

Untitled - Parmis Sayous 21st Century drawing, Iranian contemporary painter
Located in Paris, FR
Pastel and India ink on cardboard Created in 2018 in Paris, France Unique work Signed by the artist Parmis Sayous was born in 1982 in Teheran, Iran. Since 2015, She has lived and wo...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Pastel, Cardboard, India Ink

Tinnitus #3 - Parmis Sayous 21st Century drawing, Iranian contemporary painter
Located in Paris, FR
Pastel and oil paint on paper Created in 2018 in Paris, France Unique work Signed by the artist Parmis Sayous was born in 1982 in Teheran, Iran. Since 2015, She has lived and worked...
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2010s Expressionist Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Oil, Cardboard, Pastel

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