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Midcentury Abstract Figural Painting, American, 1954
Located in San Francisco, CA
Abstract figural painting, oil on canvas in simple wood frame. Signed Jalovick and dated 1954.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

"Spirits Through Time VIII," Abstract Figural Painting
By Ned Martin
Located in Westport, CT
This abstract figural painting by Ned Martin features a warm palette. Two women stand together, one with her eyes covered by a white cloth and holding a small gold plate on which two...
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2010s Abstract Abstract Paintings

Materials

Oil, Panel

Contemporary Michal Zoborrowski Abstract Figural Painting of a Couple Dancing
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary abstract figural painting titled "Couple Dancing" (by Michal Zoborrowski).
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Late 20th Century Paintings

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Paint

abstract figure, Painting, Oil on Canvas
Located in Yardley, PA
A mix of oil and enamel paint on canvas accentuated with metallic silver spray paint, this figurative piece is an abstraction of colors, textures and shapes with one foot in the repr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Oil

"Sometimes It's Alright to Hide," Abstract Figural Painting
Located in Westport, CT
This abstract figural painting by Pete Sack features a green palette. It depicts the head and shoulders of a woman looking to the left side of the piece, with features of her face re...
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2010s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Watercolor, Paper

abstract figure, Painting, Oil on Canvas
Located in Yardley, PA
I had a lot of fun with this one, using metallic spray paint, oil and enamel. This piece is in a way influenced by scientific theory. What appears to be random and chaotic at a subat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Oil

"Insomnia (I Was Nearly Able to Sleep)," Abstract Figural Painting
Located in Westport, CT
This abstract figural painting by Pete Sack features a nude figure as the subject and a cool blue palette. The artist has rendered the figure with varying angles applied together, re...
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2010s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Paper, Oil, Watercolor

"Red Cheeks" c 2000 Outsider Artist Abstract Figure Painting
Located in Arp, TX
Willy Pimental "Red Cheeks" c. 2000 Acrylic on paper 15"x20.75" unframed $675 Signed in paint lower left *Custom framing available for additional charge. Please expect framing time b...
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Early 2000s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Paper, Acrylic

Vintage Abstract Figural Painting by Sirje Okas Ainso
By Sirje Okas Ainso
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage abstract figural painting by Sirje Okas Ainso Offered for sale is an abstract oil painting on canvas measuring 40" H by 30" W titled "Hidden Treasures" by Estonian Miami ba...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Joanna Commings, Dance Movement 2, Original Abstract Figure Painting,
By Joanna Commings
Located in Deddington, GB
Joanna Commings Dance Movement 2 Original Abstract Figure Painting Acrylics and wax crayon on paper unframed 87 x 60 cm (Please note that in situ images are purely an indication of h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Paintings

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Paper, Wax Crayon, Acrylic

The Three Fates Confused, 1970s Abstract Figural Painting, Still Life Flowers
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
The Three Fates Confused, a vintage oil painting by Denver modernist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993). Semi-abstract composition depicts female figures in a stylized version of The Three ...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Oil

READER IN A LAWN CHAIR - Abstract Figure Painting, textured, red stripes
By Eleanor Aldrich
Located in Chattanooga, TN
"Reader in a Lawn Chair" is part of the latest on-going series from Eleanor Aldrich. These "behind the lawn chair" vantage points provide Aldrich with the perfect subject matter to c...
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2010s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Silicone, Paper, Oil, Panel

"Delighted" (Abstract Figure Painting Portrait on Antique Wood, 38,5 x 21,5cm)
By Nicholas Evans
Located in Paris, IDF
DELIGHTED 2020 Paris, France Ghosted portrait of woman in chalk on antique wood. Wood itself has a lot of character, with a beautiful, grey patina. Top of piece is left raw, and th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic, Chalk, Graphite

  • "Delighted" (Abstract Figure Painting Portrait on Antique Wood, 38,5 x 21,5cm)
  • "Delighted" (Abstract Figure Painting Portrait on Antique Wood, 38,5 x 21,5cm)
  • "Delighted" (Abstract Figure Painting Portrait on Antique Wood, 38,5 x 21,5cm)
  • "Delighted" (Abstract Figure Painting Portrait on Antique Wood, 38,5 x 21,5cm)
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The Warlord, 1990s Framed Abstract Figural Painting, Red Blue Green
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
The Warlord by 20th century Denver artist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993), vintage 1990 oil painting on canvas with an abstracted male figure wearing a crown and holding weaponry includi...
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20th Century Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Oil

Joanna Commings, Dance Movement 1, Original Abstract Figure Painting, Art Online
By Joanna Commings
Located in Deddington, GB
Joanna Commings Dance Movement 1 Original Abstract Figure Painting Acrylics on paper unframed 87 x 60 cm (Please note that in situ images are purley an indication of how a piece may ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Paintings

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Paper, Acrylic

Joanna Commings, Dance Movement 3, Original Abstract Figure painting, Art Online
By Joanna Commings
Located in Deddington, GB
Joanna Commings Dance Movement 3 Original Abstract Figure painting Acrylics on Canvas Size: H 60 x W 60 cm Sold Unframed (Please note that in situ images are purely an indication of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Nude Abstract Figural Painting on Wood
Located in New York, NY
A very cool and whimsical abstract oil painting on wood from the 60's with three different vignettes of women in various forms from a pair of nudes to a mythological figure is quite ...
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Vintage 1960s North American Paintings

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Giltwood, Wood, Paint

  • Nude Abstract Figural Painting on Wood
  • Nude Abstract Figural Painting on Wood
  • Nude Abstract Figural Painting on Wood
  • Nude Abstract Figural Painting on Wood
H 13.25 in. W 6.25 in. D 1.50 in.
"Preening" (Abstract Figure Painting Portrait on Antique Wood, 28,5 x 22,75cm)
By Nicholas Evans
Located in Paris, IDF
PREENING 2021 Paris, France Front side of the piece is an abstract remark on self-congratulatory mentality, anchored in moral tone deafness and stone eyed narcissism. Two blank eyes...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic, Graphite, Oil

The Sisters, Contemporary Abstract Figural Painting
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Abstract figural artwork depicting two faces in monochromatic hues black, grey, and beige. The painting also features the two characteristic birds which are components in all of the ...
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Early 2000s Indonesian Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Paint

Abstract Figural Painting by Robert Gilberg
By Robert Gilberg
Located in San Francisco, CA
Large oil on canvas titled Two In The Woods by eccentric and reclusive California artist Robert Gilberg. Has the original paper label on back with title and date 1960. Born in Oak...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

  • Abstract Figural Painting by Robert Gilberg
  • Abstract Figural Painting by Robert Gilberg
  • Abstract Figural Painting by Robert Gilberg
  • Abstract Figural Painting by Robert Gilberg
H 36.5 in. W 40.5 in. D 2 in.
Abstract Figure Painting of Pastel Art Deco Tones, Pink, Purple and Mauve, 2021
By Ryan Rivadeneyra
Located in Barcelona, ES
" Pastel Art Deco Tones " is a hand-painted acrylic painting on high-quality 300g paper by artist Ryan Rivadeneyra. These painting, influenced by modernist artists of the 50's, 60's...
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2010s Art Deco Abstract Paintings

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Oil Pastel, Ink, Sumi Ink, Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Archival Paper

Abstract Figural Painting by John Bashor, 1950s
Located in Kansas City, MO
Painting by John Bashor (1926-2003)- Artist from Montana, professor at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. This work was done in the 1950's. Excellent composition and colors. It was...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

  • Abstract Figural Painting by John Bashor, 1950s
  • Abstract Figural Painting by John Bashor, 1950s
  • Abstract Figural Painting by John Bashor, 1950s
  • Abstract Figural Painting by John Bashor, 1950s
H 27.75 in. W 38.75 in. D 1.25 in.
Abstract Figural Painting of a French Officer and a Woman
Located in New York, NY
Fabulous vintage abstract painting of a French gendarme with a woman over his back circa 1950's. This painting is oil on board, with a linen mat framed under glass in a gold leaf fra...
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Vintage 1950s French Paintings

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Paint, Paper

'Little Yellow Dress', vibrant yellow abstract figure painting of a girl
By Ghislaine Howard
Located in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Ghislaine was born in Eccles and studied Fine Art at Newcastle University. She lived in London and Paris before moving back to her native North-West with her husband, the art histori...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Panel

Contemporary Michal Zoborrowski Abstract Figural Painting of a Couple Dancing
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary figural oil painting of a man in a black suit dancing with a lady wearing a blue and floral shawl in a black and gilt trim frame titled "Couple Dancing" (by MICHAL ZOBOR...
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20th Century American Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Zeus and Hera, 1967 Framed Semi-Abstract Figural Painting, Mid Century Modern
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Zeus and Hera, abstract realism painting with two nude figures set in a stylized interior by 20th century Denver modernist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993). Painted in colors of orange, b...
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1960s Abstract Interior Paintings

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Burlap, Oil

Abstract Figure #8, Abstract Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>An abstract rendition of a reclining female figure in tones of teal, red, olive, and dark blue by artist Gail Ragains. The woman poses in one hand with her legs...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Abstract Figural Nudes Painting by California / Mexico Artist Vladimir Cora
Located in San Francisco, CA
Abstract figural painting in original frame by Vladimir Cora, titled "Amantes III", dated December '79. Oil on paper laid down on canvas. Original paper exposition label on back. P...
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Vintage 1970s Mexican Expressionist Paintings

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Canvas, Paint, Paper

Reclining Figure, Abstract Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>"This painting is of a reclining figure in a foreshortened pose," says artist Gail Ragains. Using a palette with mainly different shades of teal, Gail worked wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Courageous Blue Figure, Abstract Painting
By Joey Korom
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Joey creates his abstract expressionist paintings with many layers of paint and texture to build curiosity in the viewer and encourage deeper examination of the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Sitting Figure #8, Abstract Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
<p>Artist Comments<br>Active lines and bold colors bring a figure into its pose in this abstract portrait by artist Gail Ragains. One leg rests on top of the other as the body leans ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

"Figure in Abstract Landscape" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Dan McCaw's (US based) "Figure in Abstract Landscape" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a sloping landscape of greys and blacks patterned with white and red half cir...
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2010s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

Materials

Oil, Board

Pink Painting (Figure No.1) - Abstract painting
By Doris Marten
Located in Paris, FR
Oil on cotton canvas, 150 x 110 cm. Inspired by a digital phenomenon, the Pink Paintings series revolves around a notion of abstraction. The parallel lines, so characteristic of the ...
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2010s Contemporary Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Cotton Canvas

"Two for Francis" Mixed Media Figural Abstract Oil Painting
By Marianne Kolb
Located in Surfside, FL
Marianne Kolb (born 1958 in Bern) is a self-taught Swiss painter currently living in the United States. She is known for her emotionally-charged figurative paintings that address the...
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Early 2000s Abstract Impressionist Abstract Paintings

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Paper, Varnish, Oil, Board

Abstract expressionist figure purple & green painting, New York artist
By Joseph Glasco
Located in Beachwood, OH
Joseph Glasco (American, 1925-1996) Figure 1973 Acrylic on paper Signed and dated '73 lower right 40 x 26 inches Joseph Glasco was born in Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma and grew up in Tex...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Dichotomy, mid-century figural abstract green oil painting
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) Dichotomy, 1962 Oil on paper Signed and dated upper left 20 x 25 inches Mid-century figural abstract green painting of woman swimming ...
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1960s American Modern Abstract Paintings

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Oil

Colourful Abstract French Landscape painting with figure & Olive tree 'Paysage'
By Pierre Ambrogiani
Located in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Abstract French Landscape oil painting 'Paysage' by Pierre Ambrogiani is a remarkable bold and colourful painting. Ambrogiani would often paint 'en plein air' - the artist would alwa...
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20th Century Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

ORIGINAL 1970'S FRENCH PSYCHEDELIC ABSTRACT PORTRAIT PAINTING OF FIGURE
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Artist: Claude Lagouche (French 1943-2020) Claude Lagouche was born January 2, 1943 in Naves, died January 16, 2020. He quickly gained recognition for his talent and his work, ex...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Gouache

French Futurist Abstract Figure Mid 20th Century Signed Painting
By Louis Bellon
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Futurist Abstract Figure by Louis Bellon (French 1908-1998) Signed lower right gouache painting on paper, unframed measurements: 12 x 6 inches (overall sheet measures 15.5 x 11.25 in...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Gouache

Untitled, Abstract Figure, 1971
By Harry Bertschmann
Located in La Canada Flintridge, CA
Abstract Figure, 1971. The image size is 10x10 in. acrylic on paper signed lower center. Unframed, complimentary custom framing will be done upon customer request up to $ 150.00. Har...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Torso No. 5, Mid-Century Figural Abstract Acrylic Painting
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) Torso No. 5, 1967 Acrylic on paper Signed and dated upper right 25 x 20 inches A mid-century figural abstract painting. Clarence Hol...
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1960s American Modern Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Abstract Figure Woman Emerging
Located in Soquel, CA
Abstract expressionist figure by R. Navarro. Signed "R. Navarro" and dated "2000" lower right. Sand Francisco bay area find by undiscovered artist. Image, 30"H x 20"W.
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Early 2000s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Cardboard

Untitled, Multi-Colored Abstract Figure & Flowers, Dark Background, Oil Painting
By Wesley Kimler
Located in Chicago, IL
Wesley Kimler Untitled mixed media on canvas 36h x 36w in 91.44h x 91.44w cm WYK017 Wesley Kimler (born 1953) an American artist based in Chicago, Illinois, is known for his colossa...
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2010s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Mixed Media, Oil

Antique American School New York Minimalist Abstract Figure Signed Painting MCM
By Barry Johnson
Located in Buffalo, NY
American school abstract painting. Watercolor on paper, circa 1960. Unsigned. Image size, 12"L x 9"H.
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Watercolor, Gouache

Red Monster - Black Abstract Figure on Red Background, Original Oil Painting
By Wesley Kimler
Located in Chicago, IL
Wesley Kimler (born 1953) an American artist based in Chicago, Illinois, is known for his colossal paintings, up to 15 feet high and 27 feet wide. According to critic Kevin Nance, th...
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2010s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Mixed Media, Oil

"Standing Figure" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Dan McCaw's (US based) "Standing Figure" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a green and white hued figure melting into the geometric shapes in the foreground and inte...
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2010s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Panel

Painting, Abstract, Figure, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Untitled II by Lei Tang
By Lei Tang
Located in San Diego, CA
Lei Tang is an expressionist using various techniques to capture movement in his paintings. Using acrylic paints, Tang incorporates bold colors into a composition and uses the entire...
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2010s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

The Argument, Abstract Figurative Painting, Figural Oil Painting Black Red Green
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
The Argument an abstract oil painting by 20th century Denver modernist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993) with abstracted, cubist figures in red, black, yellow, pink, orange, brown, green a...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Oil

Pink Painting (Figure No.3) by Doris Marten - Abstract painting, dark tones
By Doris Marten
Located in Paris, FR
Oil on cotton canvas, 150 x 110 cm. Inspired by a digital phenomenon, the Pink Paintings series revolves around a notion of abstraction. The parallel lines, so characteristic of the ...
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2010s Contemporary Abstract Paintings

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Cotton Canvas, Oil

Abstract Figure 3
By Pandi
Located in London, GB
'Abstract Figure 3'- an explosion of cubist colour (2014). This work is filled with energy. The seemingly randomly-placed lines, geometric shapes and colours transform before the vie...
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2010s Contemporary Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

  • Abstract Figure 3
  • Abstract Figure 3
  • Abstract Figure 3
  • Abstract Figure 3
H 39.38 in. W 31.5 in. D 1.58 in.
Cartoon Head, Abstract Oil Painting, Figure with Shades of Aqua, Gray & Brown
By Wesley Kimler
Located in Chicago, IL
Wesley Kimler (born 1953) an American artist based in Chicago, Illinois, is known for his colossal paintings, up to 15 feet high and 27 feet wide. According to critic Kevin Nance, th...
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2010s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Mixed Media, Oil, Canvas

Orange Red Gray Abstract Figure Drawing Contemporary Figurative Painting 48x12
By Svetlana Shalygina
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
"Theories of Personality" series #4 48" x 12" is an original, fiery orange-red, distressed, weathered, soft gray, white, abstract drawing, figurative painting that incorporates a v...
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2010s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Stretcher Bars, Other Medium, Paste, Canvas, Paper, Varnish, Oil Pastel,...

British 20th Century abstract oil painting of an abstracted figure
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
Roger Smith (British, 1932 – 2004) Abstracted figure Oil on board Signed and dated ‘Roger Smith 01’ (Lower right) 21.3/4 x 14.1/2 in. (55.3 x 37 cm.)
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20th Century Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Board

Blob Head, Original Abstract Oil Painting, Figure w Bright Yellow, Green & Pink
By Wesley Kimler
Located in Chicago, IL
Wesley Kimler (born 1953) an American artist based in Chicago, Illinois, is known for his colossal paintings, up to 15 feet high and 27 feet wide. According to critic Kevin Nance, th...
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2010s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Mixed Media, Oil

The Dancer (Abstract Figure)
Located in Hudson, NY
Sam Maitin (1928-2004). The Dancer, 1964. Collage, tempera paint, mixed media. 23 x 29 inches framed. Artwork measures 18.25 x 23.5 inches on illustration board support panel. Excell...
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Mid-20th Century Cubist Abstract Paintings

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Paper, Ink, Tempera, Gouache

MAYBE, MAYBE NOT - colorful abstract painting with nude figure
By Ford Crull
Located in Seattle, WA
Colorful Abstract Painting with Nude Figure - Symbols - Red - Green - Blue - Yellow Ford Crull paints with a rare confidence and boldness. His work explores the intersection betwee...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Paintings

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Paper, Oil Crayon, Oil, Graphite

Vintage American Modernist Abstract Figure Original California Signed Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique American modernist abstract oil painting by Roland Wise (1923 - 2005). Oil on canvas, circa 1966. Signed. Displayed in a period frame. Image, 20"L x 16"H.
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1960s Modern Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Abstract Figure in Green
By Hans Gustav Burkhardt
Located in West Hollywood, CA
A series of exceptional paintings and rare prints have just arrived from a private west coast private collection. American artist Hans Burkhardt, "Abstract Figure in Green", vintage...
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1970s Abstract Paintings

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

'Untitled Figural Abstract,' by Nancy Nicol, Oil on Canvas Painting
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
This framed 14" x 14" untitled oil on canvas by artist Nancy Nicol features dynamic lines and shapes in vibrant shapes of blue, black, and mauve. The artist's use of abstraction uniq...
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1990s Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Oil

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Abstract Figure Painting For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact abstract figure painting you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. There are many Abstract, Contemporary and Expressionist versions of these works for sale. If you’re looking for an abstract figure painting from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 19th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. When looking for the right abstract figure painting for your space, you can search on 1stDibs by color — popular works were created in bold and neutral palettes with elements of gray, black, beige and blue. There have been many interesting abstract figure painting examples over the years, but those made by Cindy Shaoul, Mila Akopova, Dave Fox, Rocky Hawkins and Wesley Kimler are often thought to be among the most thought-provoking. Artworks like these of any era or style can make for thoughtful decor in any space, but a selection from our variety of those made in paint, oil paint and paper can add an especially memorable touch. If space is limited, you can find a small abstract figure painting measuring 1.5 high and 0.05 wide, while our inventory also includes works up to 120 across to better suit those in the market for a large abstract figure painting.

How Much is a Abstract Figure Painting?

The average selling price for an abstract figure painting we offer is $997, while they’re typically $99 on the low end and $60,000 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Paintings for You

Painting is an art form that has spanned innumerable cultures, with artists using the medium to tell stories, explore and communicate ideas and express themselves. To bring abstract, landscape and still-life paintings into your home is to celebrate and share in the long tradition of this discipline.

When we look at paintings, particularly those that originated in the past, we learn about history, other cultures and countries of the world. Like every other work of art, paintings — whether they are contemporary creations or works that were made during the 19th century — can often help us clearly see and understand the world around us in a meaningful and interesting way.

Cave walls were the canvases for what were arguably the world’s first landscape paintings, which depict natural scenery through art. Portrait paintings and drawings, which, along with sculpture, were how someone’s appearance was recorded prior to the advent of photography, are at least as old as Ancient Egypt. In the Netherlands, landscapes were a major theme for painters as early as the 1500s. Later, artists in Greece, Rome and elsewhere created vast wall paintings to decorate stately homes, churches and tombs. Today, creating a wall of art is a wonderful way to enhance your space, showcase beautiful pieces and tie an interior design together.

No matter your preference, whether you favor Post-Impressionist paintings, animal paintings, Surrealism, Pop art or another movement or specific period, arranging art on a blank wall allows you to evoke emotions in a room while also showing off your tastes and interests. A symmetrical wall arrangement may comprise a grid of four to six pieces or, for an odd number of works, a horizontal row. Asymmetrical arrangements, which may be small clusters of art or large, salon-style gallery walls, have a more collected and eclectic feel. Download the 1stDibs app, which includes a handy “View on Wall” feature that allows you to see how a particular artwork will look on a particular wall, and read about how to arrange wall art. And if you’re searching for the perfect palette for your interior design project, what better place to turn than to the art world’s masters of color?

On 1stDibs, you’ll find an expansive collection of paintings and other fine art for your home or office. Browse abstract paintings, portrait paintings, paintings by popular artists and more today.

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