Art history is full of different movements but Abstract art has been the dominant trend throughout the twentieth century. Its capacity to encompass an array of different media and techniques allows it to stay relevant to this day. Artalistic – one of the leading online art galleries – brings you a guide on how to find and purchase abstract art while bringing you a brief look at the leading figures from this movement.
(Illustration: Kandinsky, Composition 8, 1923).
One of the 20th century’s most monumental art movements
Abstract art, or nonobjective art, can be created using all different artistic mediums, painting, sculpture or printmaking and is not concentrated on representing or reproducing the visible world. This movement began in the early 20th century and some argue that it has its origins in the 19th century.
A revolution against classicism
This modern aesthetic vision was marked by the liberation of the subject, color and forms. Reproducing reality was abandoned and replaced by a search for ideal shapes and involved researching into color theory.
This international movement marked a break from traditional art, in which the artist strove to reproduce subjects and nature. Abstract art sets itself apart in that it brings the viewer outside of the real world, relying on the interplay of shapes and colors to express the unseen in a symbolic fashion.
The great masters of Abstract art
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) is considered to be the first true Abstract artist, followed by Kupka, Delaunay, Malevitch, Mondrian, Picasso, Paul Klee and Jackson Pollock. These artists introduced new themes and techniques, including:
- Mixed media
Buying abstract art
How to properly assess a painting
The first step in assessing art is to learn about art history and become familiar with different techniques. This will help you define the elements that spark joy in you and the ones you dislike.
Take the time to observe a piece of art and pay attention to the feelings it provokes in you. You may warm up to a piece over time or it could give you an immediate feeling.
Sharpen your eye!
With a little practice, you will gradually be able to analyze the composition, the use of colors, and textures. You will begin asking yourself technical questions, for example, about the use of materials, the conditions in which the piece was produced and even start taking into account situations taking place in the artist's life when they created it.
In the end, this process will become second nature to you and will help you asses a painting.
How to select the perfect piece of abstract art for sale?
Another tip: trust your intuition and your first impression. If a painting brings you joy or a unique connection it is a good sign that should not be overlooked.
If you’ve checked all those boxes, you should consider purchasing it. However, keep in mind where you will display the piece in your home: Will it blend well with your existing décor? Does it fit in the space you imagine it in? Will it be easy to install?
Feel free to ask a specialist for advice based on your aesthetic preferences. They might introduce you to artists you have never heard of.
Where to find abstract art for sale & should you buy art online?
Trade shows and fairs
Attending annual trade fairs and exhibitions is a fabulous way to find a large array of abstract art for sale. The paintings at these events are sold by professional intermediaries or directly by the artists.
It is important to note that you should not overlook emerging artists or those who have not yet made a name for themselves. If you have a good eye, you might select a piece that will be worth a lot of money in the future once the artist gains recognition.
Galleries and auctions
Art galleries are another great option to consider. However, it may be difficult to find one close to where you live. Galleries often have less pieces on display so your choices may be more limited.
Another way to purchase abstract art is at an auction. Although this microcosm may scare off novices who are not used to this kind of place, attending an auction can allow you to gain experience and increase your knowledge. If you are interested in attending an auction, feel free to read our in-depth article dedicated to the subject.
Finding & buying abstract art for sale online
One of the best ways to find a large panoply of abstract art for sale is online. Be careful when buying art online: make sure that the website is reliable and that the company is reputable. Artalistic is now one of the leading virtual galleries, we offer our international clientele an impressive array of tailor-made services, including:
- A vast selection of thousands of works of art by well-established and emerging artists
- An experienced of team of passionate individuals that will give you expert advice, whether you are an artist or a buyer
- A secure payment system to bring you piece of mind and transparency during transactions
- All works of art are accompanied by certificates of authentication indicating their origin