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Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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
Portrait Of A Man
Located in Lake Worth Beach, FL
Portrait of a man Oil on artist board 28"x22" Artist signed lower left, gallery label on verso. Sylvain Vigny is a French painter born in Vienna (Austria) on April 8, 1903. He moved ...
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1960s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Toy Seller" Oil Painting 35" x 45" inch by Andrey Remnev
Located in Culver City, CA
"Toy Seller" Oil Painting 35" x 45" inch by Andrey Remnev ARTIST BIO: "My birth place is Yakhroma town, in the vicinity of Moscow. It is situated on high hills, from where broad Bruegelian vistas are open. The uneven terrain with significant differences of high and low; a canal between the Moskva river and the Volga; small rivers, woods and villages; a nearby ancient town of Dmitrov, which is equal to Moscow in age; ships cruising the canal and trains outdistancing them – all this I saw from my window since my early years. It was a view that embraced all the diversity of the world. This is why I can say that the impressions of my childhood and youth – beautiful nature and remarkable people – are the most important ones. In the museum of Moscow's St. Andronic Monastery I copied the best examples of the old Russian painting...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

"Red poppies and daisies in a vase" ( modern expressive floral painting)
Located in VÉNISSIEUX, FR
This modern colorful floral artwork "Red poppies and daisies in a vase " is full of vivid colors ( red, yellow, green, blue, purple) which are my tools of expression. I explore th...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Paper, Acrylic

Nothing Feels Better Than True Love
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Shipping Procedure FREE Shipping Worldwide Ships in a well-protected tube. This work is unique, not a print or other type of copy. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. Abou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Wake up, Alice! The journey begins
Located in Zofingen, AG
Expressive and illustrative oil painting depicting the scene with Alice in Wonderland, a famous Adventure story by Lewis Carroll. Noir and expressive atmosphere with touches of surre...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Oil

The Indian's Prayer - Fantastic Realism
Located in Bogotá, Bogotá
The prayer of the Indian. - Animal figurative magic. A moment to remember when we were connected to the magical and invisible, when animals were gods. Painting 23" x 20" inch by Ion ...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Cotton Canvas, Oil

Poolside, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
A figure lounges by the poolside, one knee raised and arms draped casually over it. The person radiates a relaxed, contemplative mood. With loose brushstrings, ...

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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic

You and I
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Shipping Procedure FREE Shipping Worldwide Ships in a well-protected tube from Nigeria This work is unique, not a print or other type of copy. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authent...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic, Oil

JULIEN MEUNIE. COAST. MAJORCA original watercolor painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
COAST. MAJORCA original watercolor painting. Julien was born in 1948 in Vichy, France. He studied art and theater in Clermont-Ferrand at the same time as finishing his degree in Fr...
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Late 20th Century Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Watercolor, Cardboard

Closure
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Wura (Gold)
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Harirah: One of My Days
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Untitled 1
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Coffee, Mixed Media

20th Century expressionist work by Polish / British artist Koscialkowski
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
Marian Kościałkowski (Polish/British, 1914-1977) known as `Marian’ The Travellers, 1948 Oil on canvas Signed and dated `Marian 48’ (lower left) 25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm.) Provena...
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20th Century Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Barcelona .Original gouache paper painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
A. Rio Barcelona .Original gouache paper painting . AGUSTIN RIO ( Barceona 1923 – Barcelona 1997) Formed in Llotja i al Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc He appeared individually in 195...
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1980s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Gouache, Cardboard

Benavente Solis 19 original expressionist acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
original expressionist acrylic painting. Framed During its first exhibition in Paris, the French press catalogs it like "The Catalan Sorolla". Honorary Member of the MECOART (Medit...
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1990s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic

Abella 6 gymnast Original acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
Abella. Original acrylic painting Juan Jose Abella Rubio was born in Estercuel, a hamlet anchored in the Teruel mining basin in March 1944. In his painting the ocher and reddish c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic, Cardboard

Benavente Solis 21 Campo de Mallorca original expressionist acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
original expressionist acrylic painting. Framed During its first exhibition in Paris, the French press catalogs it like "The Catalan Sorolla". Honorary Member of the MECOART (Medit...
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1990s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic

Untitled
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Benavente Solis. bull. dream of a bullfighter expressionist acrylic
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
bull. dream of a bullfighter original expressionist acrylic painting During its first exhibition in Paris, the French press catalogs it like "The Catalan Sorolla". Honorary Member of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Wood, Oil

Almazan Realistic Still Life Acrylic Painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
Almazan Realistic Still Life Acrylic Painting framed MIQUEL was an artist focused on the art of realism. His structured works on his great mastery of drawing, are romantic and tran...
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Early 2000s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Pastel

Cherries, apples and flowers
Located in VÉNISSIEUX, FR
This modern colorful floral and fruit artwork "Cherries, apples and flowers" is full of vivid colors ( red, yellow, green, blue) which are my tools of expression. I explore the be...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic, Paper

Dauntless 3
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Sitting Pretty
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Sable
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Woman
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic, Canvas

Unfurling the Past
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Sinking Ship Blues lone female figure holding flowers and wine dark colors
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This is an oil on linen canvas mounted on a 1/4 inch plywood panel. It is signed and dated on the reverse side
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Linen, Plywood, Oil

Maya
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

This is One not Two
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Joyline 2
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic, Canvas

Masked Elegance in Contemporary Threads 2
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Coffee, Mixed Media

Afro Crown 1
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Afro Crown 2
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Masked Elegance in Contemporary Threads 1
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Coffee, Mixed Media

'Under the Water' by Via Li - Vivid Emotional Female Figurative Painting
Located in Carmel, CA
'Under the Water' by Via Li is a compelling 48" x 36" figurative acrylic painting on canvas that captivates with its raw emotional intensity and vivid color palette. The artwork feat...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic, Canvas

R. Poch Jazz Quartet acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
7.-Jazz Quartet 100 x 80 cm acrylic painting Born in Badalona (Barcelona). Photographer and advertising film director. Founding partner of the advertising production company La Cos...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic

'In the Wind' by Via Li - Captivating Expressive Figurative Female Nude
Located in Carmel, CA
'In the Wind' by Via Li is a compelling 48" x 36" figurative acrylic painting that captures the essence of movement and emotion through a whirlwind of color and form. The canvas is d...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic, Canvas

'In the Flow' by Via Li - Young Woman in Repose - Soft Pinks - Expressionist
Located in Carmel, CA
'In the Flow' by Via Li is a stunning example of modern figurative painting that combines vibrant, emotional depth with abstract form. Measuring 48" x 36", this acrylic on canvas cap...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

LLuis Ribas 49 Mediterranean original painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
Mediterranean original landscape acrylic painting Ribas (El Masnou, Barcelona, 1949) is a Spanish painter whose large and hyper-realistic paintings reflect, above all, the beauty o...
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Early 2000s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic

Gorgeous cactus flowers (colorful painting on paper)
Located in VÉNISSIEUX, FR
This modern colorful artwork "Gorgeous cactus flowers" is full of vivid colors which are my tools of expression. I explore the beauty of these beautiful pink blooming cactus flower...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Paper, Acrylic

'In My Corner' by Via Li - Figurative Woman in Repose - Vibrant Expressionist
Located in Carmel, CA
'In My Corner' by Via Li is a deeply emotive figurative acrylic painting that captures a poignant sense of vulnerability and introspection. This 40" x 30" canvas utilizes a soft yet ...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Happiness vase with pink flowers
Located in VÉNISSIEUX, FR
This modern colorful expressive artwork "Happiness vase with pink flowers" belongs to my “Floral” series which is full of expressionism and vivid colors where I could fully experienc...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Paper, Acrylic

I'm Alright, Just Here 2
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Large Heavy Israeli Bronze Abstract Jerusalem Sculpture Moshe Castel Judaica Art
Located in Surfside, FL
Moshe Castel (Israeli, 1909-1991) - The Three Angels, Guardians of the Wall, Bronze Relief Plaque. 71/100, Signed Mounted on burgundy velvet fabric, Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 15 inch...
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20th Century Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Bronze

Benavente Solis Campo de Mallorca original expressionist acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
original expressionist acrylic painting. Framed During its first exhibition in Paris, the French press catalogs it like "The Catalan Sorolla". Honorary Member of the MECOART (Medit...
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1990s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic

Benavente Solis Campo de Mallorca original expressionist acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
original expressionist acrylic painting. Framed During its first exhibition in Paris, the French press catalogs it like "The Catalan Sorolla". Honorary Member of the MECOART (Medit...
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1990s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic

Benavente Solis Campo de Mallorca original expressionist acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
original expressionist acrylic painting. Framed During its first exhibition in Paris, the French press catalogs it like "The Catalan Sorolla". Honorary Member of the MECOART (Medit...
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1990s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic

Benavente Solis Campo de Mallorca original expressionist acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
original expressionist acrylic painting. Framed During its first exhibition in Paris, the French press catalogs it like "The Catalan Sorolla". Honorary Member of the MECOART (Medit...
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1990s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic

Shepherd. Oil on canvas and cardboard, 24 x 26 cm
Located in Riga, LV
Shepherd. Oil on canvas and cardboard, 24 x 26 cm Victor Karnauh (1950, Dnepropetrovsk Oblast, Ukrainian SSR – 2012, Dnepropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine) – a painter, a monument designer...
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1990s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Canvas, Cardboard

Wandering Soul. Oil on canvas and cardboard, 28 x 18 cm
Located in Riga, LV
Wandering Soul. Oil on canvas and cardboard, 28 x 18 cm Victor Karnauh (1950, Dnepropetrovsk Oblast, Ukrainian SSR – 2012, Dnepropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine) – a painter, a monument de...
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1990s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Cardboard

Cycle, Oil Painting on Canvas, Contemporary Landscape, Nature walks
Located in AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FR
Work : Original Oil Painting, Unique Work. Handmade artwork. Ready to Hang. Medium : Oil painting on Canvas. Artist : Deniz Bayav Subject : Cycle (Title FR) Signature : The work is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

'Pisces' by Via Li - Two Young Women in Delicate Pastels - Expressionism
Located in Carmel, CA
'Pisces' by Via Li is a captivating 30" x 40" figurative acrylic painting on canvas that embodies the dual nature of the Pisces zodiac sign through a stirring depiction of two women....
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Antoni COSTA Man original Figurative Academician drawing painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
man. original figurative academician drawing painting. framed Barcelona, 1904 - Barcelona, 1965 It was formed in Buenos Aires, in the Circle of San Lucas of Barcelona and the FAD. H...
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1960s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Carbon Pencil

Sisters in Yellow 3
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Serenity 2
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Shipping Procedure FREE Shipping Worldwide Ships in a well-protected tube from Nigeria This work is unique, not a print or other type of copy. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authent...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

'Torn' by Via Li - Strong Vivid Female Figurative - Expressionist Painting
Located in Carmel, CA
'Torn' by Via Li is a poignant 30" x 24" figurative acrylic painting that captures a deep and introspective emotion. The canvas is dominated by a striking image of a woman, her head ...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Reflets, Oil Painting on Canvas, Contemporary Landscape, Nature walks, Realist
Located in AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FR
Work : Original Oil Painting, Unique Work. Handmade artwork. Ready to Hang. Medium : Oil painting on Canvas. Artist : Deniz Bayav Subject : Reflets (Title FR) Reflections (Title EN)...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Expressionist figurative paintings for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a wide variety of authentic Expressionist figurative paintings available for sale on 1stDibs. Works in this style were very popular during the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artists have continued to produce works inspired by this movement. If you’re looking to add figurative paintings created in this style to introduce contrast in an otherwise neutral space in your home, the works available on 1stDibs include elements of blue, purple, orange, red and other colors. Many Pop art paintings were created by popular artists on 1stDibs, including Evelyne Ballestra, Julien Wolf, Stephen Basso, and Bernard Harmon. Frequently made by artists working with Paint, and Oil Paint and other materials, all of these pieces for sale are unique and have attracted attention over the years. Not every interior allows for large Expressionist figurative paintings, so small editions measuring 1 inches across are also available.

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