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Beginning in the early 20th century, abstract art became a leading style of modernism. Rather than portray the world in a way that represented reality, as had been the dominating style of Western art in the previous centuries, abstract paintings, prints and sculptures are marked by a shift to geometric forms, gestural shapes and experimentation with color to express ideas, subject matter and scenes.

Although abstract art flourished in the early 1900s, propelled by movements like Fauvism and Cubism, it was rooted in the 19th century. In the 1840s, J.M.W. Turner emphasized light and motion for atmospheric paintings in which concrete details were blurred, and Paul Cézanne challenged traditional expectations of perspective in the 1890s.

Some of the earliest abstract artists — Wassily Kandinsky and Hilma af Klint — expanded on these breakthroughs while using vivid colors and forms to channel spiritual concepts. Painter Piet Mondrian, a Dutch pioneer of the art movement, explored geometric abstraction partly owing to his belief in Theosophy, which is grounded in a search for higher spiritual truths and embraces philosophers of the Renaissance period and medieval mystics. Black Square, a daringly simple 1913 work by Russian artist Kazimir Malevich, was a watershed statement on creating art that was free “from the dead weight of the real world,” as he later wrote.

Surrealism in the 1920s, led by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Meret Oppenheim and others, saw painters creating abstract pieces in order to connect to the subconscious. When Abstract Expressionism emerged in New York during the mid-20th century, it similarly centered on the process of creation, in which Helen Frankenthaler’s expressive “soak-stain” technique, Jackson Pollock’s drips of paint, and Mark Rothko’s planes of color were a radical new type of abstraction.

Conceptual art, Pop art, Hard-Edge painting and many other movements offered fresh approaches to abstraction that continued into the 21st century, with major contemporary artists now exploring it, including Anish Kapoor, Mark Bradford, El Anatsui and Julie Mehretu.

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Style: Abstract
Lantern Column I
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Title: Lantern Column I Year: 1998 - 2014 Medium: Mold blown glass, cast polymer, steel, cast iron Size: 41 3/4" inches Niho Kozuru (髙鶴丹穂) is a Japanese-born mixed media artist bas...
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Steel, Iron

Friday. Pink Flowers. 2022. Extra large Original oil painting. Ready to hang.
Located in Chatham, GB
The painting is for sale directly from the artist's studio. Friday. Pink flowers. Spring collection 2023. Extra-large expressionistic semi-abstract and gestural painting. Oil and gra...
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2010s Abstract More Art

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Canvas, Oil, Graphite

Long Shadows, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br />A spring landscape in Texas Hill Country blooming with bluebonnets and surrounded by old growth oak trees. "This painting is about the transitions of color be...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract More Art

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Oil

Bodie, Silent Sentinels, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br />"Although Bodie, California is a fantastic painting location, finding neat and orderly arrangements for good composition is difficult," opines artist Doug Cos...
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Oil

Purple Evening in California, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br /> The last moments of daylight in a residential neighborhood. Woman walking her dog. Cool blues and purple in the landscape rest on a muted peach sky. Expressi...
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Oil

Trans Blue Pond - kinetic wall sculpture by J. Margulis
Located in New York, NY
I digitally design 3-D objects and compositions, and cut them in slices from different types of plastic sheet materials. These slices are then fixed to a rigid canvas, a pedestal or ...
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Plexiglass

Early Summer Creamsicle, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br />Artist Judy Mackey says she asked her patrons to help her title this impressionist painting of orange tulips, and she loved the suggestion of Creamsicles. Jud...
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Oil

Serenity, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>A dramatic display of the golden sky at dusk with its reflections mirrored onto the ocean's serene surface. Artist Sheila Finch captures the moment with thick l...
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Acrylic

Fall Trees, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>A sunny hillside in early autumn, the trees beginning to glow in rust and orange. Highlights of pink and blue in the distance add dimension and lead the eye bac...
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Oil

Viridian Trees, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br /></p><br /><p>About the Artist<br />Los Angeles-based and Armenian-born artist, Vahe Yeremyan, is a contemporary impressionist. Through his landscapes and city...
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Oil

"Rockstar" - Impasto Thick Paint Colorful Abstract Painting
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Impasto-painted strokes of bright colors are the framework of artist Shiri Phillips’ abstract artworks. Her paintings are flooded with texture through the layering of acrylic paint i...
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2010s Abstract More Art

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Acrylic, Glitter, Canvas

Pause, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br />More and more I love to experiment with abstraction. It's amazing how realism with some abstraction somehow looks more true than when rendered using just real...
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Oil

N7, 30cm
Located in Antalya, TR
30cm
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Wood, Acrylic

N1, 30cm
Located in Antalya, TR
30cm
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Wood, Acrylic

Moises and the tablets
Located in BARCELONA, ES
The artwork includes the old frame. Western progress and development, of which we are so proud, have brought us to this point. A society where hyper-individualism, loss of solidari...
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Cotton, Acrylic

Amor Victorious, print on canvas
Located in Antalya, TR
90 x 60 cm , Print on canvas, edition 10 pcs
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Canvas, Color

N6, 30cm
Located in Antalya, TR
30cm
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Wood, Acrylic

N3, 30cm
Located in Antalya, TR
30cm
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Wood, Acrylic

N4, 30cm
Located in Antalya, TR
30cm
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Wood, Acrylic

N2, 30cm
Located in Antalya, TR
30cm
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Acrylic, Canvas

N5, 30cm
Located in Antalya, TR
30cm
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Wood, Acrylic

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By Alex Voinea
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The colorful abstract artworks of Romanian artist Alex Voinea are inspired by experiments with paint poured over vibrating surfaces, such as speakers at full volume. Alex Voinea coll...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract More Art

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Linen, Acrylic, Canvas

Music of the morning, 85x115cm
Located in Antalya, TR
Zarina Biganti, professional artist. Zarina's works have taken part in many exhibitions. At the moment, Zarina teaches painting at the university, and also writes new works in h...
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2010s Abstract More Art

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Oil

Moody Blue - (24"x30", Grey and Blue, Minimal Abstract Painting)
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
Layers of paint build up this neutral palette where emphasis is placed on minimal composition. From a distance, the painting explores colour fields and geometric abstraction. Closer ...
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2010s Abstract More Art

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Canvas, Acrylic, Pastel, Pencil, Color Pencil

Everyday Magic, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Michael Orwick presents an autumnal landscape glowing in warm fieryl hues. An exploration of the sunset, as it interacts and plays with the atmosphere, w...
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Oil

Beauty After the Storm, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Michael Orwick presents an ethereal landscape in pink tonal hues. Silhouettes of trees emerge from the dreamy haze building a broad sense of depth. The l...
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Oil

Row On Row, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Michael Orwick depicts an impressionist landscape that exudes deep calmness and tranquility. The sun rises from behind the hills of the rolling countrysi...
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Oil

Western Sky, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Michael Orwick depicts a lovely view of a flowing brook winding through a verdant marsh. Tall reeds boldly stand next to the water and create a serene en...
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Oil

Little Moon, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Michael Orwick creates a dramatic sunset scene with the warm colors of the exploding clouds meeting with the vibrant and glowing streaks of the setting s...
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Oil

Autumn Sun, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Michael Orwick presents a tonalist oil painting on a birch panel depicting a beautiful landscape. A group of trees creates mesmerizing reflections in the...
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Oil

Rocks And Clouds, Permanence and Impermanence, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Michael Orwick depicts a stunning moment of awe along the Oregon coast. The Haystack Rock of Cannon Beach takes center stage as it reflects a warm, glowi...
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Oil

Creekside, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Michael Orwick exhibits an impressionistic piece capturing a serene summer day in an idyllic forest setting. Warm hazy sunlight illuminates the vibrant c...
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Oil

Wind on the Roofs. Meissen Germany., Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Stanislav Sidorov presents an expressionist overhead view of Meissen Germany as part of his Cityscape series. The scene boasts old European architecture ...
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Oil

Tree Stories, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Melissa Gannon displays a quiet view along a little stream on the outskirts of a field. She distills her thoughts, feelings, and experiences of finding t...
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Oil

Perfect Day, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Michael Orwick captures a perfect sunny day at the coast. Two Adirondack chairs look out across the golden sand and gentle ocean waves toward Haystack Ro...
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Oil

Long Shadows, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Andres Lopez presents a still of a red bicycle casting a long silhouette on the ground. "I saw in my old two-wheeler a new journey to undertake," shares ...
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Oil

Quiet Embers, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Warm rays of light caress the autumn foliage in an exuberant display of fiery hues. Artist Michael Orwick presents a striking glimpse of a creek leading into a ...
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Oil

Slow Turn, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Michael Orwick presents a pastoral scene of a riverbend flowing through a meadow. The impressionist rendering displays the delicate lighting permeating t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract More Art

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Oil

Bistro du Midi, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>In his distinct style of impressionism, artist Onelio Marrero displays a man in a suit reading the news as he sits by an empty dining hall. He bases the piece o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract More Art

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Oil

Green Reflection, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>In artist Mary Pratt's expressionist work, a swift river gushes into the lake. She fully captures the beauty of the creek near where she lives. Mary simplifies ...
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Oil

Turning of the Tide, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Lisa Elley presents a textured impressionist seascape of the Monterey coast. She captures the elegance of the seaside town of Pacific Grove in California...
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Oil

Vakh, print on canvas
Located in Antalya, TR
80 x 65.5 cm , Print on canvas, edition 10 pcs
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2010s Abstract More Art

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Canvas, Color

Boy with Bones, print on canvas
Located in Antalya, TR
60 x 60 cm , Print on canvas, edition 10 pcs
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2010s Abstract More Art

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Canvas, Color

Garden Flowers
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Maria C. Bernhardsson is a colorful artist who lives and paints in Sweden. Most of her works are influenced by the architecture and geometry of houses. Bernhardsson travels the world...
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Paper, Ink, Mixed Media, Watercolor

"It's Snowing" - Impasto Thick Paint Colorful Abstract Painting
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Impasto-painted strokes of bright colors are the framework of artist Shiri Phillips’ abstract artworks. Her paintings are flooded with texture through the layering of acrylic paint i...
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2010s Abstract More Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Nectar
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Impasto-painted strokes of bright colors are the framework of artist Shiri Phillips’ abstract artworks. Her paintings are flooded with texture through the layering of acrylic paint i...
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2010s Abstract More Art

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Canvas, Glitter, Mixed Media, Acrylic

Lake House with Two Boats, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Laura (Yi Zhen) Chen exhibits an expressionist view of the lakeside rendered in heavy brushwork and bright colors. She paints a red house and two boats u...
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Acrylic

Evening on Wacker Drive, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Yangzi Xu portrays an evening scene on Wacker Drive, Chicago. She paints the busy metropolis in a vigorous and lively impressionist rendering. “The ref...
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Oil

Stalling and Waiting, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>The title of this painting expresses artist Onelio Marrero's observations of people sitting alone in restaurants and cafes. In this case, a woman waits against ...
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Oil

House With Red Door, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist John Jaster paints a portrait of a two-story dwelling with a vivid red door. He paints the composition in bold applications of solid color with an impres...
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Acrylic

Study in Blue and Gold, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Robert Hofherr presents an autumnal scene with trees turning a golden hue, reinterpreted with a hefty dose of the fauvist palette and expressive paint ha...
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Acrylic

L'Interieur, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Robert Hofherr highlights the interior of a trendy neighborhood bar as the subject of this expressionist piece. His stylized and conceptual work evidentl...
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Acrylic

Unbashed (diptych)
Located in East Hampton, NY
Large Abstract About the Artist: Julie Schumer, a native of Los Angeles, California, and born in 1954, lives and paints in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She discovered her love of abstract ...
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2010s Abstract More Art

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Canvas, Mixed Media, Acrylic

Between the Shadows, Oil Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Artist Onelio Marrero paints the sunset's effects on a snow-covered trail near his home in northern New Jersey. He shows the scene based on an oil sketch and hi...
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Oil

Sunrise ll
Located in East Hampton, NY
Photograph of dramatic sunrise. The Hampton, NY SUNRISE ll 12" x 24" on metal - are $550 - edition of 5 10 day turnaround About the artist: A computer programmer and Webmaster by t...
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2010s Abstract More Art

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Metal

True Me - Large Textured Colorful Abstract Painting
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Impasto-painted strokes of bright colors are the framework of artist Shiri Phillips’ abstract artworks. Her paintings are flooded with texture through the layering of acrylic paint i...
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2010s Abstract More Art

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Canvas, Glitter, Mixed Media, Acrylic

Heartbeat
Located in East Hampton, NY
This Pollock-esque work is layered in details of pours and drips. The artist has total control of where the paint will go. Abstract Expressionism in the new world Artist Statement: ...
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2010s Abstract More Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Where do you feel home? 80x80cm
Located in Antalya, TR
Where do you feel home?, 2021, 80x80 cm
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2010s Abstract More Art

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Acrylic

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