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best abstract artists

by Alina Livneva

11 October '18

Best modern abstract artists. Best abstract paintings of all time.


Abstract art stars and best abstract paintings of all time

A successful art career takes time, patience, and self-determination to succeed. We are limiting our evaluation of abstract art only. We have considered artists that consistently produced art and with a dedication to becoming better.

Abstract painting is viewed as a key style contained within the Modern Art movement. Pioneered by many forward-thinking 20th-century painters and celebrated for its avant-garde aesthetic, the abstract genre represents a pivotal moment in modernism. Abstract painting rejected the “rules” of traditional art. Rather than focus on figurative and representational depictions, abstract painters emphasized composition, color, and emotion. Similarly, instead of concentrating on the completed works, these artists placed importance in the process.

There is a specific order of abstract artists as the number shows. Here are our abstract art stars or top 10 best abstract artists from 1895 till present. Here, we explore these key figures, paying particular attention to their unique styles, differing approaches, and enduring contributions to abstract art.

1. Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso abstract art stars
Pablo Picasso (modern abstract artists)

Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, in terms of art, and art movements till present. Before the age of 50, the Spanish born artist had become the most well-known name in modern art, with one of the most distinctive styles. Before Picasso, there had been no other artists, who had such a high impact on the art world and a mass following as he did.

Nude, Green Leaves and Bust (1932) Pablo Picasso paintings best abstract artists Abstract Art Artists modern art
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust (1932) Pablo Picasso

I have never made any trials or experiments. Whenever I had something to say, I have said it in the manner in which it needed to be said.I can hardly understand the importance given to the word 'research' in connection with modern painting. In my opinion to search means nothing in painting. To find is the real thing.

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Babylonian Human (2016)
Babylonian Human (2016)
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2. Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky abstract art stars
Wassily Kandinsky (modern abstract artists)
Russian-born Wassily Kandinsky pioneered abstract art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His unique perspective on the form and function of art emphasized the synthesis of the visual and the auditory. He heard sounds as color, and this unusual perception was a guiding force in the development of his artistic style. He believed the purpose of art to be the conveyance of the artist's unique inner vision, which required transcendence of the objective world.
Points, 1920 Wassily Kandinsky artwork abstract art stars Abstract Art Artists modern art
Points, 1920, Wassily Kandinsky

In each picture is a whole lifetime imprisoned, the lifetime of fears, doubts, hopes, and joys. Whither is this lifetime tending? What is the message of the competent artist? To harmonize, the whole is the task of art.

3. Gheorghe Virtosu

Gheorghe Virtosu modern abstract artists
Gheorghe Virtosu (modern abstract artists)

Gheorghe Virtosu is a primary master of the abstract art movement and school. From the perception of an experienced viewer who has professionally engaged with abstract art, Virtosu extended beyond it and challenged its limits. He developed an interest in abstract painting and sculpture in 1992. Virtosu lives and works in London, Amsterdam, Luxembourg. He depicts social phenomena and characters based on his life experiences.

Connection Of Civilizations Gheorghe Virtosu best abstract art stars Abstract Art Artists modern art
Connection Of Civilizations (2017) by Gheorghe Virtosu

Confident art is large and encompassing, bold and persistent on the attention of the viewer while encouraging interpretation and participation in the experience of the work. The viewer engages the work as a partner to the artist and initiates a journey that shares in the evolution of its meaning. Envisioning and capturing work on canvas is not where it lies dormant and static: it is a place where the expression becomes a community and continues to expand.

4. Hilma Af Klint

Hilma Af Klint abstract art stars
Hilma Af Klint (modern abstract artists)

When Hilma Af Klint passed away in the autumn of 1944, she left behind around 1300 non-figurative paintings that had never been shown to outsiders, and more than 125 notebooks and sketchbooks. Hilma Af Klint in her will specified that her life’s work should be kept secret for at least 20 years after her death. One of her last wishes was also that the collection should never be split up.

Group X, No. 2, Altarpiece, 1915 Hilma af Klint paintings for the future best abstract artists modern art
Group X, No. 2, Altarpiece, 1915, Hilma af Klint paintings for the future

The pictures were painted directly through me, without any preliminary drawings, and with great force. I had no idea what the paintings were supposed to depict; nevertheless, I worked swiftly and surely, without changing a single brush stroke.

5. Piet Mondrian

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Piet Mondrian (modern abstract artists)

Piet Mondrian full name Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan Jr., was born on March 7, 1872, in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. At the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, he studied from 1892 to 1897. Mondrian’s work was naturalistic until 1908 when he began traveling to Domburg in Zeeland—incorporating successive on influences of academic landscape and still-life painting, Dutch Impressionism, and Symbolism.

Piet Mondrian Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1930 best abstract artists modern art
Piet Mondrian Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1930

The meaning of words has become so blurred by usage that 'abstract art' is identified with 'vague' and 'unreal,' and 'inwardness'. The conception of the word 'plastic' has also been limited by individual interpretations.

6. Vincent Van Gogh

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Vincent Van Gogh (modern abstract artists)

Van Gogh is one of the popular painters of the Post-Impressionist. However, he was not appreciated during his lifetime. He is now widely famed for the great vitality in his works which are expressive and emotive using brilliant color and energetic application of impastoed paint. The traumas of his life, documented in his letters, have tended to dominate and distort modern perceptions of his art.

Starry Night Over the Rhone, 1888
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Starry Night Over the Rhone, 1888 Vincent Van Gogh artwork

At present, I want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me that night is still more richly colored than the day; having hues of the most intense violets, blues, and greens. If only you pay attention to it you will see that certain stars are lemon-yellow, others pink or a green, blue and forget-me-not brilliance. And without my expatiating on this theme, it is obvious that putting little white dots on the blue-black is not enough to paint a starry sky.

7. Paul Klee

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Paul Klee (modern abstract artists)
Klee’s relationship with the color changed in 1914 during his trip to Tunisia. In his diaries, he stated that he is one with color and that he is a painter. Traveling with Louis Millet and August Macke, Paul painted and drew watercolor landscapes of Kairouan, Hammamet, and Tunis. When he returned, he created several abstract works that were based on his Tunisian watercolors.
Senecio, 1922 Paul Klee best abstract artists Abstract Art Artists modern art
Senecio, 1922 Paul Klee

The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions. Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void. Ripe, graphic fruits fall off. My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will.

8. Robert Delaunay

Robert Delaunay abstract artists
Robert Delaunay (modern abstract artists)

Born in Paris on April 12, 1885, Robert Delaunay was part of a prominent family descended from French aristocracy; his mother used the title "Countess." His parents divorced when he was four years old, and an aunt and uncle subsequently raised him. An uninspired student, Delaunay did not pursue education and instead apprenticed himself to a theatre designer. Unlike most of the painters of that era, he had no formal art training. In 1910 he married Sonia Terk, a Russian painter who became a life-long collaborator and continued to work on shared ideas long after his death from cancer in 1941.

1938, Rythme n°1  Robert Delaunay best abstract artists Abstract Art Artists modern art
1938, Rythme n°1 Robert Delaunay

If Art relates itself to an Object, it becomes descriptive, divisionist, literary. For me, every man distinguishes himself by his essence his personal movement, as opposed to that which is universal.

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Connection Of Civilizations (2017)
Connection Of Civilizations (2017)
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9. Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko abstract artists
Mark Rothko (modern abstract artists)

Mark Rothko was born on September 25, 1903, in Dvinsk, Russia. His birth name was Marcus Rothkowitz. His family left Russia and settled in Portland, Oregon in 1913. From 1921 to 1923 Rothko attended Yale University, New Haven, on a scholarship program. He moved to New York when he left Yale prematurely. He studied under Max Weber at the Art Students League In 1925.

Number 5, (1949) Mark Rothko paintings best abstract artists Abstract Art Artists modern art
Number 5, (1949) Mark Rothko paintings

A picture lives by companionship, expanding, and quickening in the eyes of the sensitive observer. It dies by the same token. It is therefore risky to send it out into the world. How often it must be impaired by the eyes of the unfeeling and the cruelty of the impotent.

10. Franz Kline

Franz Kline abstract artists
Franz Kline (modern abstract artists)

Franz Kline was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on May 23, 1910. He studied art at Boston University (1931–35), and drafting and illustration at the Heatherley School of Fine Art, London (1937–38). After returning to the United States, he settled in New York. He produced traditional cityscapes and interior scenes and, in the early 1940s, won awards at several National Academy of Design Annuals.

Untitled, 1959 Franz Kline  modern art
Untitled, 1959 Franz Kline

You paint the way you have to in order to give. That's life itself, and someone will look and say it is the product of knowing, but it has nothing to do with knowing, it has to do with giving. I paint not the things I see but the feelings they arouse in me.

Today, abstract painting is viewed as a key style contained within the Modern Art movement. Pioneered by many forward-thinking 20th-century painters and celebrated for its avant-garde aesthetic, the abstract genre represents a pivotal moment in modernism.

About author aAlina Livneva was born 1985 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She studied at Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts. Educated in Russia and the United States. Lives in Miami. Has also lived in Russia. Collections expert, exhibitions and loans. E:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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