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The Eiffel - Original Drawing in Watercolor by Yves Alix - Early 20th Century
By Yves Alix
Located in Roma, IT
The Eiffel in Colors is an Original drawing in watercolor realized by Yves Alix (1899-1971). Hand- signed on the lower left. Good conditions.
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Early 20th Century Modern Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Watercolor

Framed Mid 19th Century Watercolour - Figures Outside a Coach House
Located in Corsham, GB
An interesting early to mid 19th century watercolour depicting figures outside a large brick building, possibly a farm or coach house. A small dog can be seen running towards a lady ...
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19th Century Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Watercolor

Untitled Rose Drawing
By Lowell Nesbitt
Located in New York, NY
LOWELL NESBITT Untitled Rose, 1983 Graphite on Lanaquarelle Watercolor Paper Signed and dated on the front Unique, poignant, exquisitely rendered graphite drawing on watercolor pape...
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1880s Realist Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Graphite

André Lhote Cubist Composition Pen Drawing circa 1910
By André Lhote
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cubist black ink pen drawing by André Lhote (1885 - 1962), circa 1910. A still life composition, a bowl with fruits on a table with a cubist geometric design. We have added photos of...
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1910s Cubist Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Pen

Modern Orange, Brown, Yellow, and Black Geometric Abstract Pattern Painting
By John Little
Located in Houston, TX
Modern orange, brown, yellow, and black geometric abstract composition by textile designer John Little. The work was created as a proposed design for a wallpaper and features the ori...
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Early 20th Century Modern Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Gouache

Modern Light Blue, Brown, and Black Geometric Abstract Circle Pattern Painting
By John Little
Located in Houston, TX
Modern light blue, brown, and black geometric abstract circle pattern painting by textile designer John Little. The work was created as a proposed design for a wallpaper and features...
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Early 20th Century Modern Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Gouache

"Ground Pine" Modern Green, Grey, & Pink Abstract Leaf Pattern Textile Painting
By John Little
Located in Houston, TX
Modern green, grey, and pink abstract leaf pattern painting by textile designer John Little. The work was created as a proposed design for a wallpaper and features the original color...
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Early 20th Century Modern Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Gouache

Modern Grey and Orange Geometric Abstract Leaf Pattern Painting
By John Little
Located in Houston, TX
Modern grey and white geometric abstract leaf pattern composition with orange accents by textile designer John Little. The work was created as a proposed design for a wallpaper and f...
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Early 20th Century Modern Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Gouache

Abstract Ink on Paper, Unframed, Maurice Morel Late 19th Century
By Maurice Morel
Located in Baton Rouge, US
Abstract ink on paper by French artist Maurice Morel. Previously owned in excellent condition - showing little wear around edges consistent with age. The piece is listed and sold u...
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Late 19th Century Abstract Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Ink, Watercolor

Venice - Original Mixed Media Drawing - Early 20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Venice is an original modern artwork realized in the Early 20th Century. Mixed media artwork depictin Venice view. Fair conditions. Includes frame: 39.5 x 5 x 34.5 cm
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Early 20th Century Modern Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Mixed Media

Study for "Explosion lyrique" pencil 1918 cm. 32 x 26 ,Dance,Futurism,
By Alberto Magnelli
Located in Torino, IT
Dance,Futurism, Museum, 1918, nudes Important and rare preparatory drawing for a series of works entitled "Lyrical Explosion" Some of these oil works are in the most important museum...
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1910s Futurist Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Cardboard, Pencil

"Paysage Cubiste" Watercolor 1915 cm. 23,5 x 18,5 Cubism
By Léopold Survage
Located in Torino, IT
Survage,Cubism,1915,france Leopold Survage ( 1879-1968) Work signed lower right Provenance : Gallerie Zlotowski Paris Galerie Guillermo de Osma ,Madrid Private collection In Madrid...
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1910s Cubist Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

L'Ange - Original Drawing - Early 20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
L'Ange is an original Drawing in Charcoal realized by an anonymous artist in the 20th Century. Good Conditions. The artwork is depicted through strong strokes with perfect Hatchings.
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Early 20th Century Modern Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Charcoal

Composition
By Frantisek Kupka
Located in New York, NY
Frantisek Kupka Untitled, c. 1930 Signed Gouache Size: 20 x 16 IN Frame 26 x 22.
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Early 20th Century Abstract Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Gouache

  • Composition
  • Composition
H 20 in. W 16 in. D 2 in.
Tornado in Space
By Alexander Calder
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A drawing by Alexander Calder. "Tornado in Space" is a Post-War abstract drawing, ink on paper in black and white by artist Alexander Calder. The artwork is signed in the lower right...
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Early 20th Century Post-War Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Ink

Worcester College Provost Richard Lynch Cotton Caricature photographic collage
Located in London, GB
To see our other works of Oxford and Cambridge , particularly suitable for wedding and graduation presents, scroll down to "More from this Seller" and below it click on "See all from...
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1850s Abstract Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Ink, Watercolor, Pen, Photographic Paper

Face à Face - Phototype Reproduction of Rouault's Tempera Painting - 1933
Located in Roma, IT
Face à Face is an original Vintage Phototype Reproduction of Rouault's tempera painting in 1933. Good conditions. The artwork is depicted through strong strokes in a well-balanced ...
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Early 20th Century Modern Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Photographic Paper

PRICE - Abstract Composition - Original Pencil and Pen - 1974
Located in Roma, IT
Abstract Composition is an original drawing artwork in pencil and pen realized by an anonymous Italian artist in 1974. Hand-signed and dated in pencil on the lower right. Good cond...
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Late 19th Century Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Pen, Pencil

Signed C Brancaccio Abstract Figurative Ink Paper Drawing
By Carlo Brancaccio
Located in Florence, IT
This sketch, ink on paper, is signed on the bottom left C. Brancaccio, who was an Impressionist painter of the South of Italy, specialized in landscape or genre paintings. It's a st...
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19th Century Impressionist Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Framed Mid 19th Century Watercolour - Figures Outside a Coach House
Located in Corsham, GB
An interesting early to mid 19th century watercolour depicting figures outside a large brick building, possibly a farm or coach house. A small dog can be seen running towards a lady ...
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19th Century Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Watercolor

Abstract Composition - Original Mixed Media by Jean Delpech -Early 20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Abstract Composition is an original drawing in mixed media on ivory-colored paper, realized by Jean Delpech (1916-1988). The state of preservation of the artwork is good. Not signe...
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Early 20th Century Abstract Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Mixed Media

Composition 1920/1930 - Original Tempera by Clément Kons
Located in Roma, IT
Composition 1920/30 is an original painting realized by Clément Kons (1879-1956). The artwork is on tempera, in very good conditions and mounted on a cardboard (60x40). Image Dime...
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Early 20th Century Abstract Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Tempera

Illustration - Original Ink and Watercolor on Paper - 18th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Illustration is an original drawing in watercolor on paper realized by an anonymous artist of the 18 century. With a drawing on the rear. The State of preservation is good, except...
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18th Century Contemporary Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Ink, Watercolor

Illustration - Original Ink and Watercolor on Paper - 18th Century
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Porcelain Vase - Original China Ink and Watercolor - 1890s
Located in Roma, IT
"Porcelain Vase" 1890s is an original china ink and watercolor drawing on ivory-colorated paper by Anonymous French Artist of 19th Century. In very good condition. Not signed.
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1890s Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Ink, Watercolor

  • Porcelain Vase - Original China Ink and Watercolor - 1890s
  • Porcelain Vase - Original China Ink and Watercolor - 1890s
  • Porcelain Vase - Original China Ink and Watercolor - 1890s
  • Porcelain Vase - Original China Ink and Watercolor - 1890s
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Porcelain Lumen - Original Ink and Watercolor - 1890s
Located in Roma, IT
"Porcelain Lumen" 1890s is an original china ink and watercolor drawing on ivory-colorated paper by Anonymous French Artist of the late 19th Century. In very good condition. Not s...
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1890s Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Ink, Watercolor

  • Porcelain Lumen - Original Ink and Watercolor - 1890s
  • Porcelain Lumen - Original Ink and Watercolor - 1890s
  • Porcelain Lumen - Original Ink and Watercolor - 1890s
  • Porcelain Lumen - Original Ink and Watercolor - 1890s
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Sunset on the Alps
By Hercules Brabazon Brabazon
Located in Cotignac, FR
Late 19th century drawing and crayon view of a sunset over the Alps by Hercules Brabazon Brabazon. Initial signed (HBB) by the artist. Brabazon would have visited, seen and drawn th...
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Late 19th Century Impressionist Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Pencil, Crayon, Paper

Porcelain Vase - Original China Ink and Watercolor - 1890s
Located in Roma, IT
"Porcelain Vase" 1890s is an original china ink and watercolor drawing on ivory-colorated paper by an unknown French Artist of the 19th Century. In very good conditions. Not signed.
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1890s Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper

Porcelain Vase - Original China Ink and Watercolor - 1890s
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Tree and House - Original Pencil on Paper by Levit - 19th Century
Located in Roma, IT
"Tree and House" is an original pencil drawing on ivory-colorated paper by Levit, an unknown artist of XIX Century. In very good conditions. Hand-signed on the lower right margin. ...
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19th Century Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Pencil

  • Tree and House - Original Pencil on Paper by Levit - 19th Century
  • Tree and House - Original Pencil on Paper by Levit - 19th Century
  • Tree and House - Original Pencil on Paper by Levit - 19th Century
  • Tree and House - Original Pencil on Paper by Levit - 19th Century
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Wilson G. Turner "Surreal Landscape" Original Graphite Drawing c.1943
Located in San Francisco, CA
Wilson G. Turner "Surreal Landscape" Original Graphite Drawing c.1943 Original graphite on paper Dimensions 12.5" wide x 9.5" high The frame is distressed and the artwork will nee...
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Early 20th Century Surrealist Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Graphite

Futurist Composition - Original Pastel Drawing - Early 20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Futurist Composition is an original pastel drawing realized in the beginning of XX century by Anonymous futurist artist Mixed colored pastels on plywood. Includes a very beautiful...
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Early 20th Century Futurist Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Oil Pastel

Bellagio, Lake Como.
By Hercules Brabazon Brabazon
Located in Cotignac, FR
Mid 19th century pastel drawing view of Bellagio on Lake Como by Hercules Brabazon Brabazon. The work is under its original mount and initial signed (HBB) by the artist. Achieving ...
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1860s Romantic Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Pastel, Pencil

19th century pastel of a river scene, The Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland.
By Hercules Brabazon Brabazon
Located in Cotignac, FR
Mid 19th century pastel drawing view of the Chapel Bridge and river Reuss in Lucerne, Switzerland by Hercules Brabazon Brabazon. The work is titled 'Luzern' and initial signed (HBB) ...
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1860s Romantic Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Pastel, Pencil

Untitled (Figurative Abstraction of Isadora Duncan #5)
By Abraham Walkowitz
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Abraham Walkowitz, Untitled (Figurative Abstraction of Isadora Duncan #5), pen and ink, pencil, 1918. Signed in ink, dated in pencil, bottom center. A fine, spontaneous, figurative a...
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1910s American Modern Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Pencil, Ink, Pen

Untitled (Figurative Abstraction of Isadora Duncan #4)
By Abraham Walkowitz
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Abraham Walkowitz, Untitled (Figurative Abstraction of Isadora Duncan #4), pen and ink, 1918. Signed in ink, dated in pencil, bottom center. A fine, spontaneous, figurative abstracti...
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1910s American Modern Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Ink, Pen

Untitled (Figurative Abstraction of Isadora Duncan #7)
By Abraham Walkowitz
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Abraham Walkowitz, Untitled (Figurative Abstraction of Isadora Duncan #7), pencil, 1918. Signed and dated in pencil, bottom center. A fine, spontaneous, figurative abstraction, on cr...
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1910s American Modern Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Pencil

Illustration - Original Ink Drawing by Bruno Angoletta - Early 20th Century
By Bruno Angoletta
Located in Roma, IT
Illustration is an original geometric drawing realized by Bruno Angoletta. Passepartout: 33.5 x 49 The art work is in a Good condition. Bruno Angoletta (7 September 1889 - 7 Jan...
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Early 20th Century Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Ink

Jean Carlu "Breaking the Chains" Original Charcoal on Paper c.1920s
By Jean Carlu
Located in San Francisco, CA
Jean Carlu (French, 1900-1997) "Breaking the Chains" Original Charcoal on Paper c.1920s Rare original work by noted French poster artist Jean Carlu. A fine example of his interest ...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Charcoal

Yantra (Tantric Diagram)
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Unknown Artist, India, late 19th/early 20th Century Gouache and ink on paper, c. 1880-1900 Unsigned (as usual) Original Kulicke welded corner frame and label (see photos) Condition: ...
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19th Century Abstract Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Gouache

German Expressionist drawing of an abstracted form by Carl Hofer
By Carl Hofer
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
Carl Hofer (German, 1875 – 1955) Abstracted form Pencil and pen and ink on paper Signed with monogram ‘CH’ (lower right) 11.3/8 x 7.1/2 in. (28.8 x 19 cm.) Provenance: These works c...
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Early 20th Century Expressionist Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Ink, Pen, Pencil

Naturalistic Middle Eastern Landscape Scene
By Paul B. Pascal
Located in Houston, TX
Naturalistic landscape painting of a man riding a camel through a Middle Eastern desert. The painting has brightly colored tones of sunset making the painting pop. The work is signed...
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Early 1900s Naturalistic Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Gouache

Picasso, Homme dans un interiéur jouant de la guitare
By Pablo Picasso
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Drawn in 1912 by Picasso, this fine piece of work is a recognizable mark of his unique style. "Homme dans un interiéur jouant de la guitare", 1912 is on cream laid paper, with abstra...
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1910s Abstract Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

Charcoal Study of a Woman Reading
Located in Houston, TX
Charcoal study of a woman reading. The work is attached to a matte backing. It is signed by the artist in the bottom corner. The dimensions are of the paper without the matte. Louise...
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19th Century Impressionist Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Charcoal

Black Geometrical Composition - China Ink Drawing by F. Kupka
By Frantisek Kupka
Located in Roma, IT
Black Geometrical Composition is an original artwork realized by Frantisek Kupka. Original painting realized in gouache of black China ink on creamy wide paper. Hand-signed in red i...
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Early 20th Century Abstract Geometric Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Ink

1980's "Reclining Woman" Figurative Ink Wash
By Laura Lengyel
Located in San Francisco, CA
Entitled "Reclining Woman" this 1980's figurative ink wash on paper is by Bay Area painter and sculptor Laura Lengyel (b. 1946). She studied at Oakland’s Mills College and later mov...
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1880s Modern Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Untitled Senza titolo, Futurism, Drawing
By Luigi Russolo
Located in London, GB
LUIGI RUSSOLO 1885-1947 Portogruaro 1885 - 1947 Cerro (Italian) Title: Untitled Senza titolo, ca. 1909 Technique: Signed India Ink Drawing on Wove Paper Size: 16 x 11 cm. / 6.3...
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Early 1900s Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Ink

Black and Grey Design for Fabric
Located in London, GB
GWENDOLEN K. YOUNG (British circa 1940) Black and Grey Design Gouache Unframed, in conservation mount only 25.5 by 27.5 cm., 10 by 10 ¾ in. (mount size 41.5 by 43 cm., 16 ¼ by 17...
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Early 20th Century Abstract Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Gouache

1980's "Dancing Woman" Figure in Lilac Ink Wash
By Laura Lengyel
Located in San Francisco, CA
Entitled "Dancing Woman (The 5 Patty's) this 1980's figurative purple ink wash on paper is by Bay Area painter and sculptor Laura Lengyel (b. 1946). She studied at Oakland’s Mills C...
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1880s Modern Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Untitled Art Nouveau Rondelle
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Anonymous c. 1900 Rondelle on antique laid paper Ink, Watercolor and or Gouache Folds and small justification pinpricks throughout, that have been released over time, to aid in the...
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Early 1900s Art Nouveau Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Ink, Watercolor, Pigment

An original British 20th Century drawing by British illustrator Heath Robinson
By William Heath Robinson
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
William Heath Robinson (British, 1872-1944) 'The Friendly Dog' Signed 'W. Heath Robinson.' (lower right) Pen and ink on paper 11 X 8.1/2in. (28 X 21.7cm.) (excluding frame) 46 x 38cm...
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Early 20th Century Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Ink, Pen

Composition, Tempera Painting Russian Soviet Avant Garde
By Ksenia Ender
Located in Surfside, FL
Ksenia Vladimirovna Ender ( Russian Ксения Владимировна Эндер , also Xenia Ender and Kseniia Ender. born 1895 in Sluzk , died 1955 in Leningrad ) was a Russian painter of German de...
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Early 20th Century Modern Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Tempera

Folio from Communion of Saints, Reading from the Book of St. Matthew.
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Provenance: Otto F. Ege (1888-1951) Phillip Duechnes Bookseller, New York, c. 1948 References And Exhibitions: Otto F. Ege Box Folio 27 Ege describes these folios as: Epist...
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15th Century and Earlier Old Masters Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Ink, Vellum

Amey's Eating House, Winchester.
By Sir Muirhead Bone
Located in Storrs, CT
Amey's Eating House, Winchester. 1916. Pencil drawing. 13 x 7 1/2 (sight size). One pinhole on the right-hand edge of the drawing, 3 inches from the top; unobtrusive light foxing; ot...
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1910s Modern Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Pencil

"Common Daffodil - Narcissus Pseudo Narcissus"
By Emily Stackhouse
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A Collection of Botanical Watercolours: Drawings of British Plants Emily Stackhouse (1811-1870) perfectly illustrates the Victorian fascination with the countryside in this remark...
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19th Century Naturalistic Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

"Common British Oak - Quercus Robur"
By Emily Stackhouse
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A Collection of Botanical Watercolours: Drawings of British Plants Emily Stackhouse (1811-1870) perfectly illustrates the Victorian fascination with the countryside in this remark...
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19th Century Naturalistic Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Watercolor, Paper

Landscape on Paper
By Frank Crawford Penfold
Located in Providence, RI
For an artist who painted primarily in the 19th century in the impressionist style, this is a strikingly modern and simplistic image of a lone tree struggling against the wind. For t...
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Early 20th Century American Impressionist Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper, Watercolor

Leon Kelly, "Landscape", Modern Art, Watercolor, 1926, Signed
By Leon Kelly
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Landscape" is a 17.5" x 23.5" modern landscape, watercolor and ink on paper by surrealist painter Leon Kelly. The painting is signed on the lower left "Leon Kelly". The artwork come...
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Early 20th Century American Modern Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Paper, Ink, Watercolor

JAN FABRE, "De Vervalsing Van Het Geheime Feest"
By Jan Fabre
Located in Antwerp, BE
Jan Fabre, "De Vervalsing Van Het Geheime Feest", 1985 Blue ballpoint pen drawing on reproduction
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1880s Abstract Expressionist Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Ballpoint Pen

Etude pour 'Autour d'un point'
By Frantisek Kupka
Located in Paris, FR
Gouache and watercolor with collage on paper. Signed lower center Kupka. Certificate of origin by Pierre Brullé (14/9/2004)
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1910s Abstract Geometric Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Gouache

Vase de fleurs
By Frantisek Kupka
Located in Paris, FR
Pastel on paper. Signed lower center Kupka. Certificate of origin by Pierre Brullé (2/3/2006)
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1910s Abstract Geometric Antique Abstract Watercolors

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Pastel

Garden No. 18, ink drawing
By Julia Fish
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Garden No. 18, 1995 ink on paper 19 x 14-1/2" - fr
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15th Century and Earlier Abstract Antique Abstract Watercolors

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper

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Antique Abstract Watercolors For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, there are several options of antique abstract watercolors available for sale. Finding the perfect Abstract, Impressionist or Surrealist examples of these works for your space is difficult — today, we have a vast range of variations and more on offer. These items have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. If you’re looking to add antique abstract watercolors that pop against an otherwise neutral space in your home, the works available on 1stDibs include that feature elements of beige, gray, brown, gold and more. These artworks have been a part of the life’s work for many artists, but the versions made by Hercules Brabazon Brabazon, Frantisek Kupka, Laura Lengyel, Emily Stackhouse and Jennings Tofel are consistently popular. Each of these unique pieces was handmade with extraordinary care, with artists most often working in paper, paint and ink. Not every interior allows for large iterations of these items, so small antique abstract watercolors measuring 4.69 inches across are available.

How Much are Antique Abstract Watercolors?

Antique abstract watercolors can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price for items in our inventory is $850, while the lowest priced sells for $149 and the highest can go for as much as $230,000.

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