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The Wanderer
By Attilio Salemme
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Provenance: Private collection, Austin TX This work is signed and dated - Atillio Salemme '46.
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Antique American Modernist Abstract Minimal Original Cubist Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Vintage American modernist abstract oil painting. Oil on board, circa 1940. Unsigned. Unframed. Image size, 24"L x 32"H.
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Antique American Abstract Expressionist Large Original Signed Oil Painting
By Ethel Edwards
Located in Buffalo, NY
Vintage American modernist abstract expressionist painting by Ethel Edwards (1915 - 1999). Oil on canvas, circa 1940. Signed. Image size, 49L x 49H. Framing is available.
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Modernist Mexican Artist "Porters Garden" Abstract Expressionist Oil Painting
By Ernesto Linares
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Genre: Modern Subject: Abstract Medium: Oil Surface: Board Dimensions: 16" x 19 3/4" x 1/4" Dimensions w/Frame: 19 1/4" x 23 1/4" Ernesto Linares Early Mexican Modernist Abstract E...
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1940s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Board

Gestural Monochrome Abstract 1940-50s Oil & Graphite
By Calvin Anderson
Located in San Francisco, CA
This 1940-50s oil and graphite on paperboard abstract is by Bay Area painter, print maker, and designer Calvin Anderson (b. 1925). He studied at CCAC and Art Center College in the 19...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Paper, Board, Graphite

Vintage Surreal Oil Painting on Canvas c.1940s to 1950s.
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage Surreal Oil Painting on Canvas c.1940s to 1950s. Classic Surrealism brought to life on canvas by a very talented artist. The painting has no visible signature. Canvas dimen...
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Mid-20th Century Surrealist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Vintage Early 1900's Abstract Expressionist Original Oil Painting, "Fantasy"
Located in Buffalo, NY
Vintage American modernist abstract oil painting. Oil on board, circa 1940. Unsigned. Displayed in a modernist frame. Image size, 27.5"L x 31.5"H.
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1940s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Antique American Female Modernist Abstract Geometric Wisconsin Rare Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique American modernist geometric abstract oil painting by Evelyn Zeitler (1921 - 2001). Oil on canvas, circa 1940. Signed. Displayed in a period frame. Image, 12"L x 16"H.
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Antique American Modernist Abstract Cubist NYC Landscape Signed Oil Painting
By Emma Ehrenreich
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique American modernist abstract oil painting by Emma Ehrenreich (Born 1906). Oil on board, circa 1940. Signed. Displayed in a period modern frame. Image, 24"L x 30"H.
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Antique American Abstract Bridge Landscape Oil Painting by Will Hollingsworth
By Will Hollingsworth
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique American surreal abstract landscape painting Will Hollingsworth. Oil on canvas, circa 1940. Signed. Displayed in a period modernist frame. Image size, 29"L x 24"H.
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Antique American Signed Abstract Expressionist Female Modern Early Oil Painting
By Gloria Banning
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique American modernist abstract expressionist signed oil painting by Gloria Banning (1924-2007). Oil on canvas, circa 1954. Signed. Displayed in a period modern frame. Image, ...
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Antique American Modernist Cubist Abstract Signed Rare Early Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique American modernist abstract oil painting by Lela "Jackie" Axline (1910-1998). Oil on board, circa 1940. Signed. Displayed in a period modern frame. Image, 15"L x 19"H.
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Antique American Modernist Cubist Abstract Signed Rare Early Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique American modernist abstract oil painting by Lela "Jackie" Axline (1910-1998). Oil on board, circa 1940. Signed. Displayed in a period modern frame. Image, 16"L x 24"H.
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

William Austin (b.1940) - Framed Contemporary Oil, Abstract Night Scene
Located in Corsham, GB
Excellently presented in a large gilt effect frame. Signed. On unstretched canvas laid to backing card.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Paintings

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Oil

Antique American School Modernist Abstract Signed Original Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique American school modernist oil painting . Oil on board, circa 1940. Signed. Displayed in a modern frame. Image, 14"L x 18"H.
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1940s Impressionist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Antique Modernist Large Abstract Hawaiian Beach Volcano Eruption Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Vintage American modernist abstract painting of a volcano. Oil on canvas, circa 1920. Signed possibly on verso. Image size, 48L x 36H. Framing available
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1940s Modern Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Vintage American Modernist Abstract Chicken Signed Cubist Original Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique modernist mixed media abstract oil painting and collage by Paul René Gauguin (1911 - 1976). Oil and mixed media on board, circa . Signed. Displayed in a metal board. Image...
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1940s Modern Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Terry Frost 'Bottle and Statue' oil painting abstract still life interior
By Sir Terry Frost
Located in London, GB
Sir Terry Frost (1915-2003) Bottle and Statue Oil on board 38 x 46cm A distinctive still life featuring bottle, statue, and drapery. Terry Frost was a prominent British abstract ar...
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1940s Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Board

Vintage Mid Century Plein Aire Abstract Forest Landscape Original Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Vintage abstract landscape oil painting. Oil on canvas, circa 1940. No signature found. Very finely painted. Image size, 24L x 20H. Framing options available.
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1940s Modern Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Vintage Mid Century Plein Aire Abstract Forest Landscape Original Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Vintage abstract landscape oil painting. Oil on canvas, circa 1940. No signature found. Very finely painted. Image size, 24L x 20H. Framing options available.
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1940s Modern Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Orange Abstract", American Modernist, Gestural Abstract, Oil on Canvas, 1946
By Leonard Nelson
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Orange Abstract" by American modernist painter Leonard Nelson is a 18" x 20" oil on canvas painting. This gestural abstraction is painted predominantly in orange and yellow. The ter...
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Basic Form Problems (Group of 3 Abstract Paintings)
By Ralph Anderson
Located in Denver, CO
A Collection of 3 vintage circa 1940 Transcendentalist oil paintings by New Mexico artist, Ralph Anderson. Each is housed in a custom hardwood frame with all archival materials. Th...
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Oil

"Bathhouse" WPA American Scene Abstract Figurative Mid-Century 1940s Regionalism
Located in New York, NY
Vincent Campanella (1915 – 2001), "Bathhouse," 20 x 36 inches, circa 1940s, signed, oil on canvas. Born in New York in 1915, Campanella studied at the Leonardo Da Vinci Art School w...
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1940s American Modern Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Abstraction" mid-century abstract expressionist painting noted American artist
By Thomas Brownell Eldred
Located in Wiscasset, ME
"Abstraction" is a mid-century abstract expressionist painting by noted American artist. Born in Climax, Michigan in 1903, painter and printmaker Thomas Brownell Eldred studied at th...
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Vintage American Mid Century Modern Abstract Expressionist Cloud Study Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Vintage American modern abstract oil painting. Oil on canvas, circa 1960. Unsigned. Image size, 48L x 36H. Unframed.
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Untitled (Farm) Original Abstract Landscape by Ralph Anderson circa 1940
By Ralph Anderson
Located in Denver, CO
Geometric farm landscape in green, red, blue, and white. Oil on paper. Presented in a custom hardwood frame with all archival materials. Outer dimensions measure 27 ¾ x 33 ¼ x 1 ¼ ...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Geometric Abstract Paintings

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Oil

MODERNIST ABSTRACT Mid-Century New Hope Non-Objective oil American Modern WPA
By Louis Stone
Located in New York, NY
MODERNIST ABSTRACT Mid-Century New Hope Non-Objective oil American Modern WPA Louis Stone (1902-1984) "Abstract," 16 X 12 inches. Oil on canvas, signed lower right. An abstract pai...
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Vintage American Modernist Clown Portrait Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Vintage American modernist clown portrait oil painting. Oil on board, circa 1940. Unsigned. Image size, 16L x 20H. Housed in a period modern frame.
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1940s Modern Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Abstract - Westedge
By Mark Voris
Located in Cleveland, OH
Mark Voris [Tucson, AZ; 1907-1974] Westedge ca. 1940s Signed Lower-Right Oil on Canvas and Collaged Canvas 24 x 28.25 inches 27 x 31 inches (framed)
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

American Female Modernist Constructed Mixed Media Abstract Sculpture Painting
By Rose Hart Betensky
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique American modernist mixed media sculpture painting by Rose Hart Betensky (1923 - 2007. Oil on wood board circa 1960. Signed only on verso. Exhibited. Displayed in a period m...
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1940s Modern Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Wood

“Untitled Abstract”
By Nahum Tschacbasov
Located in Southampton, NY
Original mid-century modern abstract oil on canvas painting by the well known Russian/American artist Nahum Tschacbasov. Signed lower right and dated 1945. Condition is very good. P...
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1940s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Jewish Mexican Avant Garde Fiesta of Guadalupe Expressionist Oil Painting
By Yonia Fain
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Genre: Avant-Garde Subject: Abstract Mexican Landscape Medium: Oil Surface: Canvas Country: Mexico Dimensions: Yonia Fain Oil, 1947 Although this oil painting’s subject is predom...
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1940s Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Important "The Victim" Avant Garde 1947 Judaica Expressionist Oil Painting
By Yonia Fain
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Genre: Avant-Garde Subject: Abstract Medium: Oil Surface: Canvas Country: Mexico Dimensions: 25 3/4" x 19 3/4" x 3/4" Dimensions w/Frame: 27" x 21 1/4" THE VICTIM Yonia Fain Oil, 19...
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1940s Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Antique American School New York City Cubist Abstract Framed Original Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Vintage American modernist cubist abstract painting. Watercolor gouache and pastel on board. Unsigned. Framed. Image size, 11"L x 11"H.
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1940s Cubist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Antique American Modernist Nature Study Lake Landscape Framed Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique American modernist landscape oil painting. Oil on canvas, circa 1940. Signed illegibly lower left. Image size, 36L x 24H. Housed in a period modern frame.
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1940s Modern Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Gouache

Abstract #1
By Robert McIntosh
Located in West Hollywood, CA
An original mid century oil on panel by American artsist Robert McItosh. "Abstract 1", is an original oil on panel, signed, c.1950, with an image dimension of 16 x 12 inches.
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1940s Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Panel

Figure Abstract
By Miette Braive
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Belgian artist Miette Braive(1916-2000), was classically trained in Belgium, before moving to Paris to pursue her art career as first a student and then a contemporary of the French ...
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1940s Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Miro/Klee Style Abstract
By Maurice Verrier
Located in Cleveland, OH
Maurice Verrier Signed Lower-Right Oil on Board 30 x 15 inches Frame has wear--see images
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Board

Abstract Composition Work On Paper
By Robert Shuppner-Hamm
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Abstract Composition 39"x29" vintage black frame 41"x31"x1 German post-war expressionism work on paper signed lower left by Robert Shuppner 1896-1962, is known for landscape, portr...
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1940s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Archival Paper

“Abstract Sailing, 1945”
By Nahum Tschacbasov
Located in Southampton, NY
Oil on academy board by the Russian/American artist Nahum Tschacbasov. Signed and dated lower left, 1945. Condition: Excellent. Presently not framed. Biography : Russian-America...
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1940s Modern Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Fiberboard

Mid Century Abstract
Located in Buffalo, NY
Modernist abstract oil painting. Oil on canvas, circa 1940. Unsigned. Image size, 37"L x 25"H.
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1940s Modern Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

  • Mid Century Abstract
  • Mid Century Abstract
  • Mid Century Abstract
  • Mid Century Abstract
H 25 in. W 37 in. D 1 in.
1940s Abstract French Oil Painting
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An oil painting, originating in France, circa 1940.
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Paint

  • 1940s Abstract French Oil Painting
  • 1940s Abstract French Oil Painting
  • 1940s Abstract French Oil Painting
  • 1940s Abstract French Oil Painting
H 46 in. W 32 in. D 1 in.
Creation's Conception, Large Scale Mid Century Modern Cosmic Abstract
By Marguerite Blasingame
Located in Soquel, CA
Stunning blue and green large scale abstract that evokes the cosmos and captures many moods by Marguerite Louis Blasingame and Frank Blasingame (American, 1906-1947), circa 1940-45. ...
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1940s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

1940's LARGE Monogrammed Cubist Modern Woman with Cat
Located in New York, NY
Monogrammed Cubist Painting of a Woman With a Cat Oil on Masonite 33 x 49 inches 40 x 55 inches, framed Monogrammed cubist painting of a woman, seated on her knees and playing with...
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1940s Cubist Abstract Paintings

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Oil

Equilateral Variations
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting for the first time in decades, an exceptional geometric abstract oil painting by American artist Philip Pinner, 1910-1977. Equilateral Variations, is an original oil on ...
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Oil

Cook and Fish, 1943
By Emerson Woelffer
Located in Quogue, NY
Oil on canvas
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Boudoir
By Zulma Steele Parker
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting an exceptional American modernist figurative/abstract painting by American artist Zulma Steele Parker. Boudoir;, is an original oil on canvas, signed, titled en verso, c....
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Oil

Place of the Drums
By Beulah Stevenson
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Signed lower right
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Board, Oil

Multiple Wave
By Oskar Fischinger
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Signed and dated at lower right; artist's chop at lower left
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Exorcisme
By Nicolaas Warb (Sophia Warburg)
Located in Dordrecht, NL
Nicolaas Warb was born as Sophia Warburg in Amsterdam in 1906 the city where she attended the Academy for Visual Arts. 1929 Sophia left for Paris. There she visited the academies of...
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Board

Untitled
By E. Oscar Thalinger
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Recently restored and re-framed. Signed and dated lower left.
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Board

  • Untitled
  • Untitled
  • Untitled
  • Untitled
H 23.75 in. W 31.25 in.
Surrealist Abstraction Number 1
By Raymond Jonson
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Exhibition History: "Cumulous Skies: The Enduring Modernist Aesthetic in New Mexico": City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery; March 22 - June 7, 2013
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Grey Still Life #11
By Fritz Bultman
Located in New Orleans, LA
Fritz Bultman set himself apart from other Abstract Expressionists with his meticulously organized abstract compositions, use of sculpture, and the adoption of collage as a core prac...
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1940s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Cardboard

Plant in Conservatory / Leaves for Muriel
By Fritz Bultman
Located in New Orleans, LA
Fritz Bultman set himself apart from other Abstract Expressionists with his meticulously organized abstract compositions, use of sculpture, and the adoption of collage as a core prac...
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1940s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Panel, Oil

Acteon #12
By Fritz Bultman
Located in New Orleans, LA
Floated on archival white mat with dark wood frame. Fritz Bultman set himself apart from other Abstract Expressionists with his meticulously organized abstract compositions, use of ...
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1940s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Cardboard

The Fern
By Agnes Hart
Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
Signed lower right Agnes Hart was born in Meridan, Connecticut. She studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida; at Iowa State University with Josef Presser, Paul Bur...
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1940s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

  • The Fern
  • The Fern
  • The Fern
  • The Fern
H 10 in. W 14 in. D 4 in.
Dark Wave II
By Fritz Bultman
Located in New Orleans, LA
Fritz Bultman set himself apart from other Abstract Expressionists with his meticulously organized abstract compositions, use of sculpture, and the adoption of collage as a core prac...
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1940s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Untitled
By Lucia Stern
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Provenance: Estate of the Artist (estate stamp verso)
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Tempera, Board

  • Untitled
  • Untitled
H 46.75 in. W 29.37 in.
Untitled
By Lucia Stern
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Signed lower left
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Tempera, Board

  • Untitled
  • Untitled
  • Untitled
  • Untitled
H 34 in. W 45 in.
Swimmer
By Fritz Bultman
Located in New Orleans, LA
Fritz Bultman set himself apart from other Abstract Expressionists with his meticulously organized abstract compositions, use of sculpture, and the adoption of collage as a core prac...
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1940s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

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1940s Abstract Oil Paintings For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, there are several options of 1940s abstract oil paintings available for sale. Today, if you’re looking for Expressionist editions of these works and are unable to find the perfect match for your home, our selection also includes Modern. These items have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. 1940s abstract oil paintings available on 1stDibs span a range of colors that includes brown, gray, black, blue and more. Many versions of these artworks are appealing in their rich colors and composition, but Marguerite Blasingame, Fritz Bultman, Calvin Anderson, Nahum Tschacbasov and Thomas Brownell Eldred produced especially popular works that are worth a look. The range of these distinct pieces — often created in paint, oil paint and fabric — can elevate any room of your home.

How Much are 1940s Abstract Oil Paintings?

The average selling price for 1940s abstract oil paintings we offer is $2,696, while they’re typically $375 on the low end and $900,000 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Abstract Paintings for You

Bring audacious experiments with color and textures to your living room, dining room or home office. Abstract paintings, large or small, will stand out in your space, encouraging conversation and introducing a museum-like atmosphere that’s welcoming and conducive to creating memorable gatherings.

Abstract art has origins in 19th-century Europe, but it came into its own as a significant movement during the 20th century. Early practitioners of abstraction included Wassily Kandinsky, although painters were exploring nonfigurative art prior to the influential Russian artist’s efforts, which were inspired by music and religion. Abstract painters endeavored to create works that didn’t focus on the outside world’s conventional subjects, and even when artists depicted realistic subjects, they worked in an abstract mode to do so.

In 1940s-era New York City, a group of painters working in the abstract mode created radical work that looked to European avant-garde artists as well as to the art of ancient cultures, prioritizing improvisation, immediacy and direct personal expression. While they were never formally affiliated with one another, we know them today as Abstract Expressionists.

The male contingent of the Abstract Expressionists, which includes Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Robert Motherwell, is frequently cited in discussing leading figures of this internationally influential postwar art movement. However, the women of Abstract Expressionism, such as Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell and others, were equally involved in the art world of the time. Sexism, family obligations and societal pressures contributed to a long history of their being overlooked, but the female Abstract Expressionists experimented vigorously, developed their own style and produced significant bodies of work.

Draw your guests into abstract oil paintings across different eras and countries of origin. On 1stDibs, you’ll find an expansive range of abstract paintings along with a guide on how to arrange your wonderful new wall art.

If you’re working with a small living space, a colorful, oversize work can create depth in a given room, but there isn’t any need to overwhelm your interior with a sprawling pièce de résistance. Colorful abstractions of any size can pop against a white wall in your living room, but if you’re working with a colored backdrop, you may wish to stick to colors that complement the decor that is already in the space. Alternatively, let your painting make a statement on its own, regardless of its surroundings, or group it, gallery-style, with other works.

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