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The Best Abstract Art Examples: My Personal Favorites

on June 10, 2024

Here are a few of my favourite abstract art examples.

I love abstract expressionist art. I’ve spent countless hours exploring galleries, museums, and online collections. Here are a few examples that have left a lasting impression on me.

Pollock's "No. 5, 1948"

Jackson Pollock’s 'No. 5, 1948' (below) is a chaotic explosion of energy. Pollock's drip painting technique creates layers of complexity that draw me in every time I see it. The seemingly random splatters and drips convey a sense of spontaneity and freedom that I find exhilarating. This piece exemplifies the raw, unfiltered emotion that abstract art can evoke.

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'No.5, 1948' by abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. 

Rothko's "No. 61 (Rust and Blue)"

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of visiting the Mark Rothko retrospective in Paris. Like most art, the experience of seeing it live was profound. This is one of my favorites of his: 'No. 61 (Rust and Blue)' (below). With its large, serene blocks of color, this painting like so many of his color field pieces is meditative. The subtle gradations and play with the hues to resonate emotionally in a way that is both calming and deep. Rothko's ability to evoke such strong feelings through color alone is a testament to his mastery of abstract expressionism.

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'No.61 (Rust and Blue)' by Mark Rothko, 1953.

De Kooning's "Excavation"

Willem de Kooning’s 'Excavation' is such a great example of abstract expressionism. The painting’s intricate, interwoven forms and vigorous brushstrokes are so expressive, dynamic, and complex. This was De Kooning's largest painting at the time (1950), which he completed just in time to show at the 25th Venice Biennale. It's 81"×100".

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'Excavation' by Willem De Kooning, 1950.

Kline's "Chief"

Franz Kline’s 'Chief' captures the raw power of black and white abstract art. His bold, sweeping brushstrokes create a sense of urgency and movement. The stark contrasts and dynamic lines evoke a sense of energy and drama, demonstrating Kline's unique approach to abstract expressionism.

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'Chief' by Franz Kline, 1950.
These examples of abstract art each offer something unique. They continue to inspire and captivate me because they demonstrate the diverse ways that abstract art can evoke emotions and provoke thought.

Pete Stein
Founder, Galerie Stein

Galerie Stein will be presenting several contemporary Abstract Expressionist artists both virtually at and in our gallery in Montreal in 2024.
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