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Below are biographies and analysis of the work of important modern artists that practiced and specialized in abstraction. We are adding more artists every week, so stay tuned as the most important artists in modern art are given proper coverage.

Abstract Artists: 92 of 310 Total Artists
Albers, Anni Biography, Art & Analysis

Albers, Anni

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German-American designer and textile artist Anni Albers was the wife of Josef Albers and an influential artist in her own right. Her work brought together good design and modern materials with the Bauhaus design ethos, where she studied and taught before moving to the United States.

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Albers, Josef Biography, Art & Analysis

Albers, Josef

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Josef Albers was a German-born American painter and teacher. Celebrated as a geometric abstractionist and influential instructor at Black Mountain College, Albers directly influenced such artists as Rauschenberg, Twombly and Ray Johnson.

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Andre, Carl Biography, Art & Analysis

Andre, Carl

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Carl Andre is an American Minimalist whose prominence rose in the late 1960s with a series of large public artworks and sculpture. His linear sculpture was included in the famed 1966 Primary Structures group exhibition at the Jewish Museum.

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Arp, Hans (Jean) Biography, Art & Analysis

Arp, Hans (Jean)

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Arp, Hans (Jean) Famous Art

Hans Arp (also known as Jean Arp) incorporated chance, randomness, and organic forms into his sculptures, paintings, and collages. He was involved with Zurich Dada, Surrealism, and the Abstraction-Creation movement.

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Baziotes, William Biography, Art & Analysis

Baziotes, William

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William Baziotes was a first generation Abstract Expressionist painter who worked in a Surrealist, lyrical style.

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Benglis, Lynda Biography, Art & Analysis

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Lynda Benglis is an American artist associated with process-based and anti-form art. Best known for her floor-based "spills" and latex sculptures, she adds a critical feminist perspective to post-minimalist work.

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Brancusi, Constantin Biography, Art & Analysis

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Constantin Brancusi, a Romanian artist working in Paris, was one of the founders of modern sculpture. His abstracted animals, portrait busts, and totem-like figures revolutionized the traditional relationship between the sculpture and its base.

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Braque, Georges Biography, Art & Analysis

Braque, Georges

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Georges Braque was a modern French painter who, along with Pablo Picasso, developed analytic Cubism and Cubist collage in the early twentieth century.

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Calder, Alexander Biography, Art & Analysis

Calder, Alexander

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Alexander Calder was an American artist who made important contributions to abstract sculpture, hanging mobiles, and kinetic art. His work reflects both modern and Surrealist influences.

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Chamberlain, John Biography, Art & Analysis

Chamberlain, John

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John Chamberlain is best known for his sculptures made of crushed and twisted automobile parts, works that bring the formal qualities of Abstract Expressionist painting into three dimensions.

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Clark, Edward Biography, Art & Analysis

Clark, Edward

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Ed Clark, a New Orleans-born painter, was an Abstract Expressionist artist who pioneered the use of shaped canvases in New York.

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Davis, Stuart Biography, Art & Analysis

Davis, Stuart

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Stuart Davis Cubist-inspired, but American themes, and his visual manifestation of jazz music were important in the development of movements from Abstract Expressionism to Pop art. He was one of the youngest artists represented at the 1913 Armory Show and taught many young artists in New York City.

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De Kooning, Elaine Biography, Art & Analysis

De Kooning, Elaine

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Elaine de Kooning was an important Abstract Expressionist painter and collagist whose work combines gestural energy with formalist investigations. She was married to the famous New York painter Willem de Kooning.

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De Kooning, Willem Biography, Art & Analysis

De Kooning, Willem

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De Kooning, Willem Famous Art

Willem de Kooning, a Dutch immigrant to New York, was one of the foremost Abstract Expressionist painters. His abstract compositions drew on Surrealist and figurative traditions, and typified the expressionistic 'gestural' style of the New York School.

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De Niro, Robert Biography, Art & Analysis

De Niro, Robert

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Painter, sculptor and poet Robert De Niro, Sr. was a substantial contributor to post-war American art for his dedication to painterly representation. Vivid, innovative, and representational work distinguished De Niro as a distinct figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement.

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De Saint Phalle, Niki Biography, Art & Analysis

De Saint Phalle, Niki

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Niki de Saint Phalle explored the various roles and representations of women in society. Her innovative use of found objects, unconventional materials, natural environments, graphic aesthetics, and assemblage in her art made her a prominent figure of 1960s Nouveau Realisme.

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Delaunay, Robert Biography, Art & Analysis

Delaunay, Robert

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Robert Delaunay was a French avant-garde painter. Early in his career he was associated with the Expressionist group The Blue Rider along with Kandinsky and Klee. Delaunay's singular style is referred to as Orphism; an approach that combines visual elements of Cubism, Expressionism and figurative abstraction.

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Delaunay, Sonia Biography, Art & Analysis

Delaunay, Sonia

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Sonia Delauney with her husband Robert Delauney, began the Orphism art movement during the pre-War period, characterized by its use of strong color palettes and geometric, abstract forms. Delaunay's work also popularly incorporated the use of fabric, furniture design and clothing.

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Diebenkorn, Richard Biography, Art & Analysis

Diebenkorn, Richard

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Richard Diebenkorn was an American painter who helped pioneer the California-based movement of Abstract Expressionism, and later the Bay Area Figurative Movement. In all his work, Diebenkorn used the natural environment as his chief inspiration and applied soft, naturalistic color fields to the canvas.

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Dove, Arthur Biography, Art & Analysis

Dove, Arthur

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Arthur Dove was an early American modernist painter and one of the first legitimate abstract painters of the 20th century. With influences ranging from Fauvism and Expressionism to Asian art and mixed media, Dove was an essential precursor to Abstract Expressionism.

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