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Wave II - large scale abstract photograph of water surface reflections
By Christian Stoll
Located in San Francisco, CA
mesmerizing large scale capture of a strikingly abstract water surface WAVE II by Christian Stoll
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Black and White Photography

Materials

Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment, Archival Paper

Seascape V (framed) - monumental scale photograph of monochromatic water surface
By Frank Schott
Located in San Francisco, CA
monumental scale abstract b&w photograph of mesmerizing monochromatic black white water surface
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Black and White Photography

Materials

Plexiglass, Archival Paper, Photographic Paper

Seascape V (framed) - large format photograph of monochromatic water surface
By Frank Schott
Located in San Francisco, CA
large scale abstract b&w photograph of mesmerizing monochromatic black white water surface
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Black and White Photography

Materials

Plexiglass, Archival Paper, Photographic Paper

Seascape V - large format photograph of monochromatic black white water surface
By Frank Schott
Located in San Francisco, CA
large scale abstract b&w photograph of mesmerizing monochromatic water surface SEASCAPE V by Frank
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Black and White Photography

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Photographic Paper

Seascape V - large format photograph of monochromatic black white water surface
By Frank Schott
Located in San Francisco, CA
large scale photograph of mesmerizing monochromatic light reflections on water surface SEASCAPE V
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Black and White Photography

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Photographic Paper

Seascape Xl Triptych - large format photographs of blue water surface + horizon
By Frank Schott
Located in San Francisco, CA
tactile surfaces and monochromatic nature of oceanic water and cloudscapes Seascape XI - Triptych by
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment

Winter Sunrise - large format photograph of ethereal water surface and horizon
By Frank Schott
Located in San Francisco, CA
Mesmerizing large format photograph of ethereal water surface and horizon , a body of works
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment

Seascape IX - large format photograph of blue water surface
By Frank Schott
Located in San Francisco, CA
large format photograph of mesmerizing water and cloudscape SEASCAPE IX by Frank Schott 48 x 48
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Black and White Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment

Seascape IX - large format photograph of blue water surface
By Frank Schott
Located in San Francisco, CA
large scape photograph of mesmerizing water and cloudscape SEASCAPE IX by Frank Schott 58 x 58
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Black and White Photography

Materials

Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment, Archival Paper

Seascape I Triptych - 3 large format photographs of blue water surface + horizon
By Frank Schott
Located in San Francisco, CA
tactile surfaces and monochromatic nature of oceanic water and cloudscapes Seascape I - Triptych by Frank
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment

Seascape VIII - large format photograph of blue toned water surface
By Frank Schott
Located in San Francisco, CA
large scale art photograph of mesmerizing aquatic surface in ocean tones of cyan, blue and azure
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment, Archival Paper

Wave II - large scale abstract photograph of water surface reflections
By Christian Stoll
Located in San Francisco, CA
mesmerizing chemical reactions of different substances in reaction with air and/or water. Stoll was born in
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Black and White Photography

Materials

Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment

H2O IV - large format photograph of sun reflections on pool water surface
By Erik Pawassar
Located in San Francisco, CA
mesmerizing light reflections of glistening sunlight on turquoise aquamarine water surface, an
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Photographic Paper

H2O l - large format photograph of sun reflections on pool water surface
By Erik Pawassar
Located in San Francisco, CA
mesmerizing light reflections of glistening sunlight on turquoise aquamarine water surface, an
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Photographic Paper

H2O ll -large format photograph of sun reflections on pool water surface
By Erik Pawassar
Located in San Francisco, CA
mesmerizing light reflections of glistening sunlight on turquoise aquamarine water surface, an
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Photographic Paper

H2O ll - large format photograph of sun reflections on pool water surface
By Erik Pawassar
Located in San Francisco, CA
mesmerizing light reflections of glistening sunlight on turquoise aquamarine water surface, an
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Photographic Paper

Morning Glow - large format photograph of California water surface and horizon
By Frank Schott
Located in San Francisco, CA
Morning Glow by Frank Schott 27 x 40 inches / 68cm x 101cm signed edition of 25 48 x 72 inches / 122cm x 183cm signed edition of 7 archival quality fine art pigment print limited...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment

H2O V - large format photograph of sun reflections on pool water surface
By Erik Pawassar
Located in San Francisco, CA
mesmerizing light reflections of glistening sunlight on turquoise aquamarine water surface, an
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Photographic Paper

H2O lll - large format photograph of sun reflections on pool water surface
By Erik Pawassar
Located in San Francisco, CA
mesmerizing light reflections of glistening sunlight on turquoise aquamarine water surface, an
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Photographic Paper

Seascape VIII - large format photograph of abstract aqua colored water surface
By Frank Schott
Located in San Francisco, CA
from a series of large scale photographs capturing a mesmerizing color palette of classic blue and sky tones SEASCAPE VIII by Frank Schott 60 x 48 inches / 152cm x 122cm edition o...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment

Blue Hour - large format photograph of ethereal water surface and horizon
By Frank Schott
Located in San Francisco, CA
Mesmerizing large format photograph of ethereal floral surface and horizon , a body of works
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment, Archival Ink, Archival Paper

Seascape X - large format photograph of monochrome blue water surface & horizon
By Frank Schott
Located in San Francisco, CA
tactile surfaces and monochromatic nature of oceanic water and cloudscapes Seascape X by Frank Schott
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment, Archival Ink, Archival Paper

H2O V - extra large format photograph of sun reflections on pool water surface
By Erik Pawassar
Located in San Francisco, CA
mesmerizing light reflections of glistening sunlight on turquoise aquamarine water surface, an
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Photographic Paper, Archival Ink, Archival Paper

H2O I (framed) large format photograph of sun reflections on pool water surface
By Erik Pawassar
Located in San Francisco, CA
mesmerizing light reflections of glistening sunlight on turquoise aquamarine water surface, an
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Photographic Paper, Plexiglass, Archival Paper

H2O I - large format abstract photograph of sun reflection on pool water surface
By Erik Pawassar
Located in San Francisco, CA
mesmerizing light reflections of glistening sunlight on turquoise aquamarine water surface, an
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment

Seascape X - large format photograph of monochrome blu water surface and horizon
By Frank Schott
Located in San Francisco, CA
tactile surfaces and monochromatic nature of oceanic water and cloudscapes Seascape X by Frank Schott
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment

"Still Water" Bright red and blue scene of swimmer on water surface on panel.
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts
Category

2010s Figurative Paintings

Materials

Mixed Media

Pure Water
By Hiroki Morinoue
Located in Lyons, CO
water’s surface and the patterns beneath, as well as the symbol for `pure water’. Morinoue’s skills and
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary More Prints

Materials

Woodcut

  • Pure Water
  • Pure Water
H 18.5 in. W 38.5 in.
Remain by Water Dixon
By Water Dixon
Located in Cape Town, ZA
Remain, 2021. ETHEREAL LANDSCAPES A refined process of surface chemistry and modern alchemy on
Category

2010s Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Brass

  • Remain by Water Dixon
  • Remain by Water Dixon
  • Remain by Water Dixon
  • Remain by Water Dixon
H 59.06 in. W 39.38 in. D 0.63 in.
Glare on the water 17.
By Iryna Kastsova
Located in Sempach, LU
, warm water surface create an atmosphere of relaxation and romance. Made in the style of realism. Part
Category

2010s Impressionist Interior Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

  • 	Glare on the water 17.
  • 	Glare on the water 17.
  • 	Glare on the water 17.
  • 	Glare on the water 17.
H 31.5 in. W 23.63 in. D 0.79 in.
Sulafat ~ Lyra Galaxy by Water Dixon
By Water Dixon
Located in Cape Town, ZA
surface chemistry. The artwork begins as clear float glass and through a process of applying atomic layers
Category

2010s Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Glass, Mirror

Capella ~ Auriga Galaxy by Water Dixon
By Water Dixon
Located in Cape Town, ZA
experimentation and catalytic surface chemistry. The artwork begins as clear float glass and through a process of
Category

2010s Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Glass, Mirror

Aurigid I ~ Auriga Galaxy by Water Dixon
By Water Dixon
Located in Cape Town, ZA
experimentation and catalytic surface chemistry. The artwork begins as clear float glass and through a process of
Category

2010s Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Glass, Mirror

Calliope ~ Lyra Galaxy by Water Dixon
By Water Dixon
Located in Cape Town, ZA
surface chemistry. The artwork begins as clear float glass and through a process of applying atomic layers
Category

2010s Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Glass, Mirror

Sheliak ~ Lyra Galaxy by Water Dixon
By Water Dixon
Located in Cape Town, ZA
surface chemistry. The artwork begins as clear float glass and through a process of applying atomic layers
Category

2010s Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Glass, Mirror

Cervantes ~ Ara Galaxy by Water Dixon
By Water Dixon
Located in Cape Town, ZA
experimentation and catalytic surface chemistry. The artwork begins as clear float glass and through a process of
Category

2010s Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Glass, Mirror

Menkalinan ~ Auriga Galaxy by Water Dixon
By Water Dixon
Located in Cape Town, ZA
experimentation and catalytic surface chemistry. The artwork begins as clear float glass and through a process of
Category

2010s Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Glass, Mirror

Aur ~ Auriga Galaxy by Water Dixon
By Water Dixon
Located in Cape Town, ZA
and catalytic surface chemistry. The artwork begins as clear float glass and through a process of
Category

2010s Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Glass, Mirror

Chason ~ Lyra Galaxy by Water Dixon
By Water Dixon
Located in Cape Town, ZA
surface chemistry. The artwork begins as clear float glass and through a process of applying atomic layers
Category

2010s Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Glass, Mirror

Runaway Star ~ Auriga Galaxy by Water Dixon
By Water Dixon
Located in Cape Town, ZA
experimentation and catalytic surface chemistry. The artwork begins as clear float glass and through a process of
Category

2010s Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Glass, Mirror

Plank of Water
By Sophia Collier
Located in Chicago, IL
water surface she starts with a brush that she builds with software. This brush is essentially a model
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plastic

  • Plank of Water
  • Plank of Water
  • Plank of Water
  • Plank of Water
H 48 in. W 15 in. D 2 in.
Patinated Brass 'Water Drop' Decorative Plates, Set of 3
By Line Vautrin, Ado Chale
Located in Tilburg, NL
hitting the water surface, leaving a pattern of ripples. You can lose yourself in the details of these
Category

Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-P...

Materials

Brass

Broken light
By Katerina Hatzi
Located in Spetses, GR
Broken rays of light reflect under the water surface. Photorealistic artwork by Katerina Hatzi
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Linen, Oil

  • Broken light
  • Broken light
H 39.38 in. W 47.25 in. D 1.19 in.
Water lily, Flower of purity, Painting, Acrylic on Canvas
Located in Yardley, PA
water surface in the gentle breeze. :: Painting :: Abstract Expressionism :: This piece comes with an
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

Morning ( Water lily, Flower of purity), Painting, Acrylic on Canvas
Located in Yardley, PA
water surface in the gentle breeze. :: Painting :: Impressionist :: This piece comes with an official
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

Varaha Avatar
Located in Singapore, SG
above the water surface using his tusks. Here the Boraho uses the same tusks to shift the concrete
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

  • Varaha Avatar
  • Varaha Avatar
  • Varaha Avatar
  • Varaha Avatar
H 48.04 in. W 41.97 in.
River
Located in Aberdeen Dyce, GB
A landscape depicting a river always calms and relaxes a person. When you look at the water surface
Category

2010s Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

  • River
  • River
H 15.75 in. W 23.63 in. D 0.79 in.
Japanese Two Panel Screen, Lotus Leaves and Blossoms
Located in Hudson, NY
A lotus scene with flowers in bloom floating on the water's surface. As the lotus rise from below
Category

Early 20th Century Japanese Paintings and Screens

Materials

Wood, Lacquer, Paper

The Surface of Water / Wall Sculpture
By Paul Rousso
Located in Greenwich, CT
Original Work of Contemporary art by Paul Rousso Titled: "The Surface of Water" This is a unique
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Polystyrene, Acrylic Polymer

Water Mirror 16, WM-634, 636 (diptych) – Risaku Suzuki, Water, Water Lily
By Risaku Suzuki
Located in Zurich, CH
whole. But the water surface is an exception, as it acts like a mirror creating complicated optical
Category

2010s Contemporary Landscape Photography

Materials

C Print

"Waterlilies" Oil Painting by Incognito Artist
Located in Pasadena, CA
white, spiritual lotus flowers. Floating on a reflective water surface, the artist captured the light
Category

Mid-20th Century American Impressionist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Water lily on the lake ( 3 panel), Painting, Acrylic on Canvas
Located in Yardley, PA
water surface in the gentle breeze. Look at the flowers. watching the horizon, people can also feel a
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

Water Mirror 16, WM-628 – Risaku Suzuki, Nature, Tree, Water, Mirror, Water Lily
By Risaku Suzuki
Located in Zurich, CH
space seemingly of extraordinary depth appearing in the flat surface of the water is one of mystery, and
Category

2010s Contemporary Landscape Photography

Materials

C Print

Low Tide
By Hiroki Morinoue
Located in Lyons, CO
abstracted colorful reflections. The right panel depicts a tree rising through ripples on the water’s surface
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary More Prints

Materials

Woodcut

Water Mirror 21, WM-68 – Risaku Suzuki, Nature, Water, Japan, Tree
By Risaku Suzuki
Located in Zurich, CH
the brain creates a coherent understanding of a scene as a whole. But the water surface is an
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Landscape Photography

Materials

C Print

Water Mirror 21, WM-50 – Risaku Suzuki, Nature, Water, Japan, Tree
By Risaku Suzuki
Located in Zurich, CH
space seemingly of extraordinary depth appearing in the flat surface of the water is one of mystery, and
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Landscape Photography

Materials

C Print

Water Mirror 17, WM-707 – Risaku Suzuki, Nature, Koi, Water, Mirror, Reflection
By Risaku Suzuki
Located in Zurich, CH
coherent understanding of a scene as a whole. But the water surface is an exception, as it acts like a
Category

2010s Contemporary Landscape Photography

Materials

C Print

Water Mirror 17, WM-769 – Risaku Suzuki, Nature, Tree, Water, Reflection
By Risaku Suzuki
Located in Zurich, CH
space seemingly of extraordinary depth appearing in the flat surface of the water is one of mystery, and
Category

2010s Contemporary Landscape Photography

Materials

C Print

Tropical Currents, Painting, Acrylic on Canvas
By Sandra Hawkins
Located in Yardley, PA
below at seaweed lying on the water surface, while feeling the water currents swirling around me
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

Water Mirror 17, WM-739 – Risaku Suzuki, Nature, Tree, Water, Mirror, Reflection
By Risaku Suzuki
Located in Zurich, CH
space seemingly of extraordinary depth appearing in the flat surface of the water is one of mystery, and
Category

2010s Contemporary Landscape Photography

Materials

C Print

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Water Surface For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact water surface you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. In our selection of items, you can find Contemporary examples as well as a Impressionist version. If you’re looking to add a water surface to create new energy in an otherwise neutral space in your home, you can find a work on 1stDibs that features elements of blue, black and more. Creating a water surface has been a part of the legacy of many artists, but those crafted by Erik Pawassar, Frank Schott, Christian Stoll and Alina Khrapchynska are consistently popular. These artworks were handmade with extraordinary care, with artists most often working in paper, photographic paper and archival paper.

How Much is a Water Surface?

The average selling price for a water surface we offer is $4,400, while they’re typically $1,900 on the low end and $6,200 for the highest priced.

A Close Look at contemporary Art

Used to refer to a time rather than an aesthetic, Contemporary art generally describes pieces created after 1970 or being made by living artists anywhere in the world. This immediacy means it encompasses art responding to the present moment through diverse subjects, media and themes. Contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, performance, digital art, video and more frequently includes work that is attempting to reshape current ideas about what art can be, from Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s use of candy to memorialize a lover he lost to AIDS-related complications to Jenny Holzer’s ongoing “Truisms,” a Conceptual series that sees provocative messages printed on billboards, T-shirts, benches and other public places that exist outside of formal exhibitions and the conventional “white cube” of galleries.

Contemporary art has been pushing the boundaries of creative expression for years. Its disruption of the traditional concepts of art are often aiming to engage viewers in complex questions about identity, society and culture. In the latter part of the 20th century, contemporary movements included Land art, in which artists like Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer create large-scale, site-specific sculptures, installations and other works in soil and bodies of water; Sound art, with artists such as Christian Marclay and Susan Philipsz centering art on sonic experiences; and New Media art, in which mass media and digital culture inform the work of artists such as Nam June Paik and Rafaël Rozendaal.

The first decades of the 21st century have seen the growth of Contemporary African art, the revival of figurative painting, the emergence of street art and the rise of NFTs, unique digital artworks that are powered by blockchain technology.

Major Contemporary artists practicing now include Ai Weiwei, Cecily Brown, David Hockney, Yayoi Kusama, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami and Kara Walker.

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The first permanent image created by a camera — which materialized during the 1820s — is attributed to Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. The French inventor was on to something for sure. Kodak introduced roll film in the 1880s, allowing photography to become more democratic, although cameras wouldn’t be universally accessible until several decades later. 

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Today, when we aren’t looking at the digital photos that inundate us on our phones, we look to the past to celebrate the photographers who have broken rules as well as records — provocative and prolific artists like Horst P. Horst, Lillian Bassman and Helmut Newton, who altered the face of fashion and portrait photography; visionary documentary photographers such as Gordon Parks, whose best-known work was guided by social justice; and pioneers of street photography such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, who shot for revolutionary travel magazines like Holiday with the likes of globetrotting society lensman Slim Aarons.

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Throughout the past two centuries, photographers have used their medium to create expressive work that has resonated for generations. Shop a voluminous collection of this powerful fine photography on 1stDibs. Search by photographer to find the perfect piece for your living room wall, or spend some time with the work organized under various categories, such as landscape photography, nude photography and more.