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Modern Paintings

MODERN STYLE

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances — both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany.

Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs — many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principals Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

It’s difficult to overstate the influence that modernism continues to wield over designers and architects — and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Style: Modern
Monumental 1988 Dwayne Maxwell Textured Abstract Painting
Located in Miami, FL
Monumental 1988 Dwayne Maxwell Textured Abstract Painting Offered for sale is an exceptional monumentally oversized 1987 Dwayne Maxwell abstract painting. This imposing work has gr...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint

Leonardo Nierman 1960 Signed “La Ciudad en la Nieve” Oil on Board Painting
Located in Indianapolis, IN
A 1960 oil on board painting by the Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman (1932-2023). Titled "La Ciudad en la Nieve (City in the Snow)," this abstract work depicts a vibrant cityscape pai...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint

Mixed Media on Canvas by S. Uebayashi, USA c 1983
Located in Norwalk, CT
This work features very heavy impasto in a range of blues and whites with specs of color in a geometric design of circles and squares formed by the application of heavy medium. Frame...
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1980s American Vintage Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint

Shells and Glass Goblets, Still Life with Reflective Objects, Oil on Panel
Located in Chicago, IL
The simplicity of Helen Oh's still life paintings is deceptive. Upon closer look, the viewer sees the faint shadows cast onto the reflective surface of the table along with the delic...
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2010s American Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint

1959 MId-Century Modern Abstract Mixed Media Painting, Signed
Located in Miami, FL
1959 MId-Century Modern Abstract Mixed Media Painting, Signed Offered for sale is a mixed media mid-century modern abstract painting which is signed on the frame on verso and dated ...
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1950s American Vintage Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Wood, Paint, Crayon

Modern Abstract Painting by John Byle
Located in Miami, FL
A striking abstract painting by John Byle. John Byle was born in Detroit, Michigan. He studied art in Chicago and immigrated to Israel in 1951. Byle was th...
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20th Century Israeli Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint

Large Abstract Painting, Signed Felix
Located in Miami, FL
Immerse yourself in a captivating world of color with this large-scale abstract oil painting by Felix (possibly a pseudonym). Signed by the artist, this piece from a private Miami co...
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20th Century American Modern Paintings

Materials

Aluminum

Painting "The Awakening of Gulliver" by Texas Artist Jacqui Von Honts
Located in San Antonio, TX
Large oil painting "The Awakening of Gulliver" by Texas Artist Jacqui Von Honts (1936-2011). Jacqui Von Honts made an impact locally and globally, Von Honts was well-versed in a vari...
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20th Century American Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint

Three Shells - Still Life with Sea Shells and a Glass Vessel, Oil on Panel
Located in Chicago, IL
The simplicity of "Three Shells is deceptive. Upon closer look, the viewer sees the faint shadows cast onto the reflective surface of the table along with the delicate surface of the...
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2010s American Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint

Michael Frary (1918-2005) Female Nude Watercolor
Located in San Antonio, TX
Framed (ready to hang) watercolor painting on artist paper, nude figure study by Michael Frary ((May 28, 1918 – August 30, 2005), signed Frary on lower right. **Date of painting is u...
Category

Early 2000s American Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper

NANCY MOORE HALL - Botanical Watercolor Painting over Graphite - Circa 1980's
Located in Chatham, ON
NANCY MOORE HALL - Vintage botanical watercolor painting over graphite on watercolor paper - signed in pencil lower right - vintage matte ...
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Late 20th Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Glass, Wood, Paint, Paper

Abstract acrylic painting with Hair on Hide custom frame
Located in Chicago, IL
This extremely unique piece by the late Artist, Larry Roberts, was uncovered from the archives and has never been shown. This piece has an organic shaped paper adhered to the wood, ...
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Early 2000s American Modern Paintings

Materials

Abalone, Paper, Wood, Acrylic

Horses with Figures, Oil on Board, Framed, Bela Kadar, Signed, Hungary, 1920-30
Located in San Francisco, CA
Oil Painting on board, Signed by Bela Kadar, Hungary, 1877 - 1955, featuring horse and people in a cubist /modernist style. The actual painting is 39" x 20.5". Interest in Kadar's w...
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Early 20th Century Hungarian Modern Paintings

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Wood, Paint

"Infinity Ramp" Large Blue, Yellow and Pink Geometric Abstract Acrylic on Canvas
Located in Pasadena, CA
Symbolism and allegory are essential elements in artistic expression. In this artwork, echoes of the ambiance from the legendary film 2001: A Space Odyssey" resonate. A path emerges in a vast galactic expanse, imbued with variations of blue, curving towards infinity. The upper portion of the composition draws us inward, resembling a ramp leading toward self-awareness. Could this ramp be a metaphor for transition? A tipping point, a bridge at the end of which a philosopher's stone might stand...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Abstract Composition, Oil on Canvas, Gail Lapins
By Gail Lapins
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This is a fantastic oil on canvas by Gail Lapins. This piece is perfect for a splash of color in that drab interior! A great size at 47" x 35", this piece shines with color and texture. Tones of red, blue, green and yellow fill the canvas. The piece is signed on the left, "Gail Lapins", and is framed in a 1.5" gold leafed frame. From Gail Lapins Website: Born: New York, New York Otis Parsons Art Institute, 1982-86 Cal Poly University, 1991-1994 B.A., summa cum laude “Gail Lapins is a contemporary figurative artist whose paintings have been exhibited in art galleries, museums and university settings nationally and internationally. Her paintings are explorations of an internal world where characters, events and scenes mirror...
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1990s American Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Frank Arnold Abstract Figurative Painting Titled "Escape"
By Frank Arnold
Located in Miami, FL
A stunning earlier piece by abstract figurative artist, Frank Arnold, from a private collection. Titled "Escape. This piece is painted with various shades of warm and vibrant hu...
Category

20th Century American Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint

Yacht Racing off Cape Cod, Vernon Broe (American 1930-2011)
Located in Downingtown, PA
Yacht Racing off Cape Cod, Vernon Broe (American 1930-2011), oil on board A fine example of Vernon Broe work depicting a yacht race off Cape Cod, Massach...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint

Vintage Abstract Op Art Painting by Grace Alhades and Marty Sherma
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Abstract Op Art Painting by Grace Alhades and Marty Sherma Offered for sale is a 1980s abstract Op Art painting by Grace Alhades and Marty Sherma. This painting is one of...
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1980s American Vintage Modern Paintings

Materials

Metal

Large Vintage 1970s Robert Gable Male Nude Study Oil Painting
Located in Miami, FL
Large Vintage 1970s Robert Gable Male Nude Study Oil Painting Offered for sale is a large vintage 1970s Robert Gable male nude oil painting on canvas...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint, Giltwood, Wood

Vladimir Aksyonov USSR 1985 Soviet Era Painting of a Welder
Located in Miami, FL
Vladimir Aksyonov USSR 1985 Soviet Era Painting of a Welder Offered for sale is a 1985 Soviet-era painting of a Welder titled " Welder Fedya" when translated. The painting is oil...
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Late 20th Century Russian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Wood, Paint

Surrealist Oil Painting, Jorge Ignacio Nazábal Cowan Cuban Artist
Located in Miami, FL
Surrealist Oil Painting, Jorge Ignacio Nazábal Cowan Cuban Artist Offered for sale is an oil on canvas figurative and surrealist painting by the Cuban artist Jorge Ignacio Nazábal ...
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Early 2000s American Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint

2013 Colorful Geometric Op Art Triptych Paintings -Set of 3
Located in Miami, FL
2013 Colorful Geometric Op Art Triptych Paintings -Set of 3 Offered for sale is a triptych grouping of geometric Op Art paintings evocative of Josef Albers’ Homage to the Square. Th...
Category

2010s American Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint, Canvas

Large Acrylic on Canvas by Texas Artist Karl Lubbering
Located in San Antonio, TX
Large acrylic on canvas of a Texas longhorn by Karl James Lubbering (b. 1969); this is ready to hang. Karl comes from a family of prominent Texas artists spanning several decades, embracing many styles, genres and subject matter. Within his family Karl forged his own individual approach to art. Karl reinterprets traditional Texan modern art...
Category

2010s American Modern Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Canvas

Josef Albers Inspired Painting "Happy" by Todd Hase, Orange
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Josef Albers inspired painting "Happy" by Todd Hase, orange version. Some touch-up to the original painting. A few nicks, rubs, and marks, but add to the character of the painting. T...
Category

2010s American Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Original Modern painting by Shannon Weir
Located in Houston, TX
Modern abstract acrylic painting housed in an ornate antique frame, blending contemporary expression with timeless elegance, a captivating fusion...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Giltwood

Monumental 1980s Abstract Painting by Harley Francis
Located in Miami, FL
Monumental 1980s Abstract Painting by Harley Francis Offered for sale is a monumental 1980s abstract painting by the American artist Harley Francis (1940s-2017). Francis has rapidly...
Category

1980s American Vintage Modern Paintings

Materials

Wood, Paint

Amber Day by Murray Duncan, mix media on board, framed, abstract, geometric
Located in Toronto, CA
Amber Day by Murray Duncan, 2024 Mix media on board Framed/wood Size is 21" x 25" x 1" Signed on the back Murray Duncan is a self-taught creative visionary. Know for his large-scale...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint

Last Thoughts by Murray Duncan, triptych, mix media on canvas, abstract, modern
Located in Toronto, CA
Last Thoughts by Murray Duncan, 2024 Mix media on canvas Triptych, each panel is 30" x 40" x 1.5" in depth Signed on the back Unframed Murray Duncan is a self-taught creative vision...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint

James Kirk Merrick (1905-1985), Watercolor on Paper
Located in Morristown, NJ
James Kirk Merrick (American, 1905-1985), Stormy Seascape, watercolor on paper, signed "James Kirk Merrick" at lower right, loose and unframed. About: Merrick studied at Philadelphi...
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1940s American Vintage Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper

Josef Albers Inspired Painting "Happy" by Todd Hase, Yellow
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Josef Albers inspired painting "Happy" by Todd Hase, yellow version. This was created for various window displays, so there are some marks, rubs, and imperfections that add the chara...
Category

2010s American Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Portrait of a Woman by Cathryn Arcomano (1923-2012), oil on canvas, signed 1972
Located in Chicago, IL
Portrait of a Woman by Cathryn Arcomano, oil on canvas board, signed 1972. Numbered #5. This is an original portrait oil painting on canvas board by artist Cathryn Buckley Arcomano...
Category

1970s American Vintage Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint

Gino Hollander 1974 Vintage Abstract Female Portrait Painting
Located in Miami, FL
Gino Hollander 1974 Vintage Abstract Female Portrait Painting Offered for sale is a vintage expressionist abstract female portrai...
Category

1970s American Vintage Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Wood, Paint

American 20th Century, Abstract Shapes, Oil On Canvas signed Sheffleman on verso
Located in Fort Washington, MD
This captivating abstract painting by the artist Sheffleman, aptly titled "Vibrant Cosmos," represents a stellar exploration of form and color. The work features concentric abstract ...
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20th Century Unknown Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint

"Woman and Her Cat" Mixed Media Artwork by Rupert Picott
By Rupert Picott
Located in Pasadena, CA
The work is a lively portrayal of an African nude woman in her bedroom. Under the bed, a discontent cat harbors grudges against its owner robbing its yellow cushion. The painting is ...
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Late 20th Century Senegalese Modern Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Paper

Monotype by Carla Raadsveld 1987
Located in Weesp, NL
Step into a world of artistic beauty and expression with the captivating painting "Monotype" by renowned artist Carla Raadsveld, created in 1987. This exquisite artwork is a testamen...
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1980s Dutch Vintage Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper

Untitled # 115 by Murray Duncan, mix media on paper, abstract, framed
Located in Toronto, CA
Untitled #115 by Murray Duncan Mix media on paper Framed, wood/glass 33" w x 41" tall x 1.25" depth Murray Duncan, b. 1966, is a self taught creator. He is one of the founders and t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper

Large Acrylic on Canvas, Pascal Magis (1955-2011)
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Truly a spectacular piece, this acrylic on canvas is by French artist, Pascal Magis. Known for his use of color, Magis uses acrylics as though the paint h...
Category

1990s French Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

“Pears as Sun & Moon” Original Contemporary Impressionist Acrylic Painting by Wi
Located in Cookeville, TN
Interesting Modern “Pears as Sun & Moon” Original Acrylic Painting / Artwork by Nashville Artist Will Koenig - Signed Nashville area painter Will Koenig studied art as a young studen...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Paint

Large Contemporary Hand Embellished Color Giclee on Canvas signed FABRICE
Located in Miami, FL
A stunning contemporary piece of decorative artwork by Fabrice. Mixed media giclee on canvas with embellishments by Fabrice using oil paint and a fine brush. Hand signed lower righ...
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20th Century American Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint

Large Hand Embellished Color Giclee on Canvas Titled "Conversation"
Located in Miami, FL
A stunning contemporary piece of decorative artwork signed FABRICE. Mixed media giclee on canvas with embellishments by FABRICE using oil paint and a fine brush. Hand signed lower r...
Category

20th Century American Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint

Massive Abstract Acrylic on Canvas, Pascal Magis (1955-2011)
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This is an absolutely beautiful acrylic on canvas by French artist, Pascal Magnis. A master of color, Magnis creates a canvas in which the colors and shapes appear to be jumping off the canvas. At the grand size of 9'10" x 6'9" this would ignite that drab wall! The artwork is signed in the lower right corner. Below From: Wimbledon Fine Art "Pascal Magis...
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1990s French Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

5 Times A Charm by Murray Duncan, mix media on artist board, abstract
Located in Toronto, CA
5 Times A Charm 'by Murray Duncan Mix media on artist board, abstract geometric The size is 60" wide x 48" tall x 2" depth Unframed. Murray Duncan is a self-taught creative visiona...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Paintings

Materials

Wood, Paint

' Cake ' by artist Murray Duncan, mix media on board, glided vintage frame
Located in Toronto, CA
' Cake ' by artist Murray Duncan Mix media on board - paint, oil stick and pencil Size of artwork is 20" x 30" Size of framed artwork - 31" x 41" x 4" The artwork is framed in a ant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Paintings

Materials

Gold Leaf

Large Vintage Lee Reynolds Abstract Butterfly Painting, Framed
Located in Miami, FL
Large Vintage Lee Reynolds Abstract Butterfly Painting, Framed Offered for sale is a large late 20th-century framed abstract painting of a...
Category

Late 20th Century American Modern Paintings

Materials

Wire

Large Oil Painting by Joyce Roybal, Three Young Musicians
Located in Miami, FL
An original oil painting on rice paper of three musicians by listed painter Joyce Roybal (born 1955). Roybal is well known for his whimsical car...
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20th Century Italian Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint

Monumental Vintage Abstract Oil on Canvas Painting with Rich Colors
Located in Miami, FL
Monumental Vintage Abstract Oil on Canvas Painting with Rich Colors Offered for sale is a very large abstract oil painting on canvas. The canvas is stretched on wood and has rich d...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Wood, Paint

1970s Hard Edge Abstract Geometric Painting on Canvas, Signed
Located in Miami, FL
1970s Hard Edge Abstract Geometric Painting on Canvas, Signed Offered for sale is a 1970s hand-painted acrylic hard-edge abstract painting created on the diagonal. The geometri...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Paintings

Materials

Wire

“Il Desiderio Espresso “ Italian Mid-Century Painting
Located in Austin, TX
Mix media on canvas from mid-century Italy. This piece is signed by the artist and is titled “Il Desiderio Espresso”, translating to “The Expressed Desire.” The painting has beautifu...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint

Monumental Mixed Media Painting Bill and Hilary Clinton "Sweet Embrace"
Located in Miami, FL
Monumental Mixed Media Painting Bill and Hilary Clinton "Sweet Embrace" Offered for sale is a monumental mixed media collage of Bill and Hillary Clinton as photographed on a beach dancing...
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Early 2000s American Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Wood, Paper

Vintage Rustic "Los Atravesados" Wood Wall Art Signed by the Artist. Dated 1993
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Rustic "Los Atravesados" Wood Wall Art Signed by Mexican American Artist Roger Palacios. Dated 1993. Features a modern interpretation of Northern-Mexican Tribal Art painted o...
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1990s American Modern Paintings

Materials

Wood

“Di Stelle Cadenti” Italian Mid-Century Painting
Located in Austin, TX
Mixed media on canvas from mid-century Italy. This piece is signed by the artist, attributed to Danilo Pacchiotti’s entourage. It is titled “Di Stelle Cadenti”; translating to “Of Sh...
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1960s Italian Vintage Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint

Jo Patch Oil on Board Painting
Located in Miami, FL
A very decorative work of art by listed artist, Jo Patch. Jo Patch born in Opprebais on January 13, 1937. He was active in Belgium primarily although many of his works were exhibit...
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20th Century Belgian Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint, Masonite

Mid Century Modern Abstract View of a Cathedral in Rouen France by Rico Blass
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous colorful abstract view of the city of Rouen, France from the countryside with the spectacular view of their cast iron cathedral prominently situated. Great technique and col...
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1960s French Vintage Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Hardwood, Paint

Joe Brainard Untitled - Nude Male in Shower - Matchbook Cover Art Series - 1970s
Located in St. Louis, MO
Joe Brainard (1942–1994) Untitled (Nude Male in Shower) unique mixed media, from his matchbook cover series - mid 1970s. Male nude in shower, tub with blue shower curtain...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Paintings

Materials

Glass, Wood, Paper

Abstract Painting in Magenta, Slate, Peach, Lilac, 22 x 22 inches, Contemporary
Located in New York, NY
An ethereal abstract painting, created in our NYC studio. This 22 x 22 inch canvas is a place for the eye to wander. Magenta, peach, slate and lilac create a c...
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2010s American Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint

A Oil Paiting on Canvas Titled "Encounters" signed Ashwini Sirur 2004
Located in Lambertville, NJ
An oil painting on canvas features 15 female nudes in the cubist style in erotic positions on a background of cubist shapes. All the images blend nicely in shades of grey, white, re...
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Early 2000s North American Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint

Original Modern Contemporary Black and White Painting in Antique Gilt Frame
Located in Houston, TX
Original Modern Contemporary Black and White Painting in Antique Gilt Frame by Shannon Weir, a distinguished artist based in Houston, Texas. Weir's...
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2010s American Modern Paintings

Materials

Wood, Paint

1980 Harley Francis Abstract Nudes Painting, Signed and Dated
Located in Miami, FL
1980 Harley Francis Abstract Nudes Painting, Signed and Dated. Offered for sale is an abstract acrylic painting by Harley Frances (1940-2017). The subjects are Francis' abstract male nude...
Category

Late 20th Century American Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic, Wood, Paint

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