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Abstract Paintings

ABSTRACT STYLE

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
Contemporary New Abstract Artwork Pink Colors Artist Christina Gschwantner 2024
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Christina Gschwantner combines contrasting art movements such as Art Informel and Minimal Art. She succeeds in depicting and creating her very own view of the world. A world that, ...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Acrylic

Contemporary New Abstract Artwork Colors by Artist Christina Gschwantner 2024
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Christina Gschwantner combines contrasting art movements such as Art Informel and Minimal Art. She succeeds in depicting and creating her very own view of the world. A world that, ...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Raw Linen, Oil, Acrylic

Contemporary New Abstract Artwork Colors by Artist Christina Gschwantner 2024
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Christina Gschwantner combines contrasting art movements such as Art Informel and Minimal Art. She succeeds in depicting and creating her very own view of the world. A world that, ...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Raw Linen, Oil, Acrylic

Contemporary New Abstract Artwork Colors by Artist Christina Gschwantner 2024
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Christina Gschwantner combines contrasting art movements such as Art Informel and Minimal Art. She succeeds in depicting and creating her very own view of the world. A world that, ...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Raw Linen, Oil, Acrylic

The Fitzgeralds, abstract painting w figures, flowers, white and green tones
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Oil paint, mixed media on panel.
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Mixed Media, Oil, Wood Panel

Stranger, 90x110cm
Located in Yerevan, AM
Stranger. 90x110cm
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

A vibrant abstract red flower with splashes of green and yellow on canvas
Located in Preston, GB
A vibrant, abstract red flower with splashes of green and yellow on canvas by Contemporary British Artist, Angela Wakefield Art measures 20 x 8 inches Signed, Unique Original, Box C...
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Early 2000s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Turbulence, water, abstract expressionism, blue, white, gold, yellow, nature
Located in Jönköping, SE
In keeping with my passion of nature, this collection focusses on the movement and structure of nature. Movement of water, vegetation and even sound. I am fascinated in seeing thing...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Linen, Acrylic

Contemporary New Abstract Artwork Colors by Artist Christina Gschwantner 2024
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
In her work, artist Christina Gschwantner combines contrasting art movements such as Art Informel and Minimal Art. She succeeds in depicting and creating her very own view of the w...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Acrylic, Cotton Canvas

Contemporary New Abstract Artwork Colors by Artist Christina Gschwantner 2024
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
In her work, artist Christina Gschwantner combines contrasting art movements such as Art Informel and Minimal Art. She succeeds in depicting and creating her very own view of the w...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Raw Linen, Oil, Acrylic

27 , 235x170 cm, acrylic, canvas
Located in Yerevan, AM
evangelion, 150x100 cm
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

27 , 235x170 cm, acrylic, canvas
Located in Yerevan, AM
27, 235x170 cm
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

oxygen , 250x170 cm, acrylic, canvas
Located in Yerevan, AM
oxygen, 250x170 cm
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

The illusion of intimacy, 70x100cm
Located in Yerevan, AM
The illusion of intimacy, 2020, 70x100 cm
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Where is your body, 100x150cm
Located in Yerevan, AM
Where is your body, 2020, 100x150 cm
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Find a bird, 50x60cm
Located in Yerevan, AM
Find a bird, 50x60cm
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil Pastel, Acrylic

Expects, 140x100cm, oil/canvas
Located in Yerevan, AM
Expects, 140x100cm, oil/canvas
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Carl Brandien, New York National Academy Artist, Oil Painting, 1930, Bali
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Wonderful oil on board of swimmer’s in Bali by Carl Brandien (1886-1965) Signed lower left and dated ‘30. Titled lower right “Bali.” Measures: 11 3/4" H x 15 3/4" W. Frame: 19.5" H x...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Paintings

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Paint

Carl Brandien New York National Academy Artist Painting, 1930, Old Kyoto
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Oil on board by Carl Brandien (1886-1965) - Street in Kyoto with red lanterns. Titled on the verso: “Street in Old Kyoto, Japan” Signed lower right and titled lower left “Kyoto” Mea...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Paintings

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Paint

Original Abstract Painting on Board by Serg Graff "Palm Monkey", COA
Located in Framingham, MA
This is a unique original acrylic painting on board in a fantasy abstract style by Serg Graff Titled "Palm Monkey". It comes signed, dated, and with COA (Certificate of Authentici...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Original Abstract Painting on Board by Serg Graff "Boxing Gloves", COA
Located in Framingham, MA
This is a unique original acrylic painting on board in a fantasy abstract style by Serg Graff Titled "Boxing Gloves". It comes signed, dated, and with COA (Certificate of Authenti...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Original Abstract Painting on Canvas by Serg Graff "Freeddy is Back" COA
Located in Framingham, MA
This is a unique original textured acrylic painting on canvas in a fantasy abstract style by Serg Graff Titled "Freeddy is Back". It comes signed, dated, and with COA (Certificate ...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Hare, 100x130cm, oil/canvas
Located in Yerevan, AM
Hare, 100x130cm, oil/canvas
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Somewhere in Between (Yellow and Gold), Painting, Acrylic on Canvas
Located in Yardley, PA
abstract painting acrylic on canvas Oversize statement piece This artwork was created layering and blending layers of yellow, bright yellow, gold with a layer of fine iridescent...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Contemporary New Abstract Artwork Colors by Artist Christina Gschwantner 2024
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
JUST, 2024, oil and acrylics on canvas, 103 x87 cm Christina Gschwantner combines contrasting art movements such as Art Informel and Minimal Art. She succeeds in depicting and crea...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Raw Linen, Oil, Acrylic

Contemporary New Abstract Artwork Colors by Artist Christina Gschwantner 2024
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
ITS GETTING SPRING, 2024, oil and acrylics on raw canvas, 120x100, framed Christina Gschwantner combines contrasting art movements such as Art Informel and Minimal Art. She succeed...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Raw Linen, Oil, Acrylic

Low Tide at Hideaway 5 by Chris Brandell, Large Contemporary Painting with White
Located in Atlanta, GA
Discover the serene beauty of a large oil on canvas painting by renowned Florida artist Chris Brandell, created in 2024. This captivating work features a minimalist style, showcasing...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Pencil

Low Tide at Hideaway 7 by Chris Brandell, Large Contemporary Painting with White
Located in Atlanta, GA
Experience the refined sophistication of a large oil on canvas painting by the esteemed Florida artist Chris Brandell, created in 2024. This minimalist masterpiece features a harmoni...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Pencil

Low Tide at Hideaway 6 by Chris Brandell, Large Contemporary Painting with White
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elevate your space with the serene elegance of a large oil on canvas painting by acclaimed Florida artist Chris Brandell, created in 2024. This exquisite artwork features a minimalis...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Pencil

Power of colors - yellow, green, white, colourful abstraction, drops, expression
Located in Vienna, AT
In creating this piece, I unleashed a vibrant dance of colors, blending acrylics, oils, enamels, and inks. Embracing abstraction and expressionism, each splash and dribble embodies r...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Cotton Canvas, Mixed Media, Oil, Spray Paint, Acrylic

N60, 90x120cm, oil/canvas
Located in Yerevan, AM
N60, 90x120cm
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

N46, 100x150cm, oil/canvas
Located in Yerevan, AM
N46, 100x150cm
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

labyrinths, 100x100cm
Located in Yerevan, AM
labyrinths, 100x100cm
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Baro Harbour, Sunset (Nigeria), Oil on Board Painting by Derek Hill
Located in Kingsclere, GB
Baro Harbour, Sunset (Nigeria), Oil on Board Painting by Derek Hill 1916-2000 Additional information: Medium: Oil on board 18.5 x 41 cm 7 1/4 x 16 1/8 in Titled verso Provenance Acquired from the Artist by Adrian Stokes, and thence by descent. Exhibitions London, Marlborough Gallery, as 'Lagameno Harbour - sunset', with label attached verso Arthur Derek Hill was born in Southampton in 1916. He and his two older brothers attended Marlborough College, where he demonstrated an interest in, and a talent for, painting. His father persuaded him to study stage design rather than painting as that had greater prospects for employment. Consequently he enrolled to study stage design in Munich at the age of 17. He later studied under Paul Colin in Paris and under Dr Josef Gregor in Vienna. Dr Gregor introduced him to Tairov, the director of the Mamemney Theatre in Moscow, where he spent six months in 1936. After working in Moscow he took time out to travel east via the Trans Siberian Express to Japan, China, Bali and Siam. In 1937 Hill returned to England to a job as costume designer at Sadlers Wells but after a short time he went back to Paris. Encouraged by Edward Molyneux, a couturier and collector of impressionist art, he rented an old mill in the Loire and took up painting in earnest. When war broke out he returned to Wiltshire in England as a conscientious objector and worked as a farm worker. He painted in his spare time and met many artists including Victor Pasmore and Mary Kessell. In 1943, at the age of 27, Hill had a one man exhibition in London at the Nicholson Gallery and he also organised exhibitions of the work of other artists including Degas. In 1946 Hill spent a year painting in Ireland. He had relations in Co Wicklow but mostly painted in Galway, Mayo and Achill Island where he painted with the Irish artist Louis LeBroquey. From 1947 Hill spent a great deal of time in Italy. He met the art historian Bernard Berenson who admired his work and became a father figure to him following the death of his own parents. He spent many winters at Berenson’s home, the I Tati estate, outside Florence. During his time in Italy he met many Italian artists including Antonio Music, Renato Guttuso, Bruno Saetti and Giorgio Morandi. He also met the American Henry McIlhenney, who was working at the American Academy in Rome. McIlhenney owned Glenveagh Castle in Donegal at the time and invited Hill to visit him there in 1949. Hill returned again and again to Donegal and in 1953 he bought the house the old St Columb’s rectory, Churchill, now Glebe House, and moved in the following year. Glebe House was Hill’s main home from 1954 until 1981 although he continued to travel extensively during those years. He was appointed the Art Director at the British School in Rome where he met such artists as John Bratby and Joe Tillson as well as the more famous Francis Bacon, Henry Inlander, John Craxton and Keith Vaughan. In 1956/8 Derek Hill visited Tory Island for the first time and was fascinated by the light and rugged scenery. He rented a hut there and spent many weeks every summer painting. His example and encouragement led to the development of a whole school of naïve painting, the Tory Island Painters, of whom the best known artist is James Dixon. Hill’s career as a painter, particularly of portraits, blossomed and he was commissioned to paint many famous people some of whom visited St Columb’s. His portraits include those of Daniel O'Donnell, Yehudi Menuhin, Arthur Rubenstein...
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20th Century Abstract Paintings

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Board

Norns, 110x100cm
Located in Yerevan, AM
Norns, 110x100cm
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Deep groove , 110x90cm
Located in Yerevan, AM
Deep groove , 110x90cm
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Abstract landscape , 100x120 cm
Located in Yerevan, AM
Abstract landscape , 100x120cm
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

One-Of-A-Kind Large Painting on board by Serg Graff "Caricature". COA attached
Located in Framingham, MA
This is a rare unique original large acrylic painting on board in a naive primitivism style depicting two famous movie characters combined into one hero. Signed by Serg Graff. Fra...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Original Set Primary Blue series-Summer Cat-White Butterfly-BritishAward Artist
Located in London, GB
This special Summer Set offer includes two original oil and silver leaf on canvas -White Butterfly -Summer Blue Cat White Butterfly is one of Shizico Yi's latest projects, inspired ...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Silver

One-of-a-kind Painting on Board , Titled "Hungry Giraffe" by Serg Graff, COA
Located in Framingham, MA
This is a unique original acrylic painting on board in a naive primitivism style by Serg Graff Titled "Hungry Giraffe". It comes signed, dated, and with COA (Certificate of Authenti...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Edge of the Island, plein air wide view of an open glowing field and water
Located in Edgartown, MA
“People sometimes ask me how I start a painting. Starting a painting is easy. I just put down two strokes of color. The interaction between these two marks is the beginning of the di...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Winter wind" abstract acrylic marble powder on canvas 120x120cm 2016
Located in Roscoff, FR
abstract acrylic marble canvas 120x120cm send in wood crate at cost Emmanuelle Vroelant describes her painting as a winter without sadness, the clouds loaded and free to transform, i...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Marble

Untitled, 50x40 cm, canvas/acrylic
Located in Yerevan, AM
Untitled, 50x40 cm, canvas/acrylic
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Untitled, 50x40 cm, canvas/acrylic
Located in Yerevan, AM
Untitled, 50x40 cm, canvas/acrylic
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Bee, 20x20cm, oil/canvas
Located in Yerevan, AM
Bee, 20x20cm, oil/canvas
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Evocation of the dawn - Soft abstract landscape painting
Located in Ocklawaha, FL
A soft abstract landscape painting, with hints of a river landscape. A warm palette, dedicated to the ascension of the sky towards the earth (sunset and dawn) and the flow of water t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Paintings

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Oil

Lemon leaves, 100x70cm
Located in Yerevan, AM
Lemon leaves 100x70 cm
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil Pastel, Acrylic

Birds, 50x60cm
Located in Yerevan, AM
Birds
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil Pastel, Acrylic

Song of the Equinox - Abstract expressionist pink floral painting
Located in Ocklawaha, FL
"Song of the Equinox" is an abstract expressionist pink floral painting finished on the day of the Spring Equinox in my Forest Studio in the middle of a national forest in Florida. I...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Paintings

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Oil

Find a bird, 50x60cm
Located in Yerevan, AM
Find a bird, 50x60cm
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil Pastel, Acrylic

Hydrangea - Soft abstract floral painting
Located in Ocklawaha, FL
"Hydrangea" is a beautiful soft abstract floral painting and a lyrical ode to spring. It is made with ample paint and texture, in a beautiful palette of chromatic grays, violet, rose...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Paintings

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Oil

Wait On Me (Gestural Abstract, Black, Green, Red, Gray, ~22% OFF LIST PRICE)
Located in Kansas City, MO
Kelley Carman Wait On Me (Gestural Abstract, Black, Green, Red, Gray) Acrylic on Birch Panel Year: 2024 Size: 17.5 x 11.5 inches Framed Size: 21 x 15 inches Signed and titled COA pr...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Birch, Acrylic, Panel

Almost Touching (Gestural Abstract, Whitewash, Pastel, ~40% OFF LIST PRICE)
Located in Kansas City, MO
Kelley Carman Almost Touching (Gestural Abstract, Whitewash, Pastel, Yellow, Pink, Gray) Acrylic on Birch Panel Year: 2024 Size: 11.5 x 23.5 inches Framed Size: 19 x 31 inches Signe...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Birch, Acrylic, Panel

Original painting on canvas by Serg Graff, Skipper "Sea Wolf", seascape, COA
Located in Framingham, MA
The ship itself is detailed with intricate lines and shading, highlighting the structure of the masts, the sails, and the hull. The use of bold colors, particularly the red accents o...
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2010s Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Take me to your river
Located in Ocklawaha, FL
"Take me to your river" is a sublime, ethereal, watery painting. It is a piece dedicated to the movement of water flowing down a river, or perhaps down a windowpane in the rain. It i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Paintings

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Oil

The Dreamer - Ethereal abstract landscape painting
Located in Ocklawaha, FL
An ethereal, dreamy abstract landscape painting, inspired by the wilds of the Italian mountain streams and waterfalls. "The Dreamer" is a dream. A bright, ethereal canvas dedicated t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Paintings

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Oil

Abstraction with Triangles
Located in London, GB
Abraham Walkowitz (1878 - 1965) was an early and important figure in the development of American Modernism. He first showed at Alfred Stieglitz's legendary 291 Gallery. There, he was...
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Early 20th Century Abstract Paintings

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Paper, Ink

Summer solstice - Vibrant green abstract nature painting
Located in Ocklawaha, FL
This green abstract nature painting is dedicated to to the longest day. "Summer Solstice" embodies the lush, fruitful Italian summer, inspired by the flowing river under the canopy o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Paintings

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Oil

Abstract paintings for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a wide variety of authentic Abstract 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 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 Giorgio Lo Fermo, Sumit Mehndiratta, Nestor Toro, and Cindy Shaoul. Frequently made by artists working with Paint, and Synthetic Resin 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 Abstract paintings, so small editions measuring 0.1 inches across are also available.

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