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Choose from a wide-ranging selection of 1,136 original abstract drawings and prints ranging in subject, style and media from figurative to abstract, monochromatic to multicoloured, and charcoal to pencil. Read more

In abstract drawings, the artist’s choice of medium--whether graphite, charcoal, ink, conte crayon, pastel, etc.--type of paper, and their preferred application technique all share center stage in the absence of figurative subject matter. For this reason, abstract pen drawings, for example, may evoke a mood wholly different from abstract pastel drawings even if they share similar imagery, style, and composition. Those who appreciate abstract painting should definitely consider adding abstract art drawings to their collection, perhaps showcasing a group of drawings in a variety of media. Explore our diverse selection of abstract drawings for sale by emerging talent from around the world.

Though the forces that gave rise to abstract art long precede the 20th century, it wasn’t until the early to mid 1900s that artists consciously departed from realistically representing their subject matter by creating works of partial or complete abstraction. Many early abstract drawings served as studies for works to be created in another medium, but a number were also created as individual works of art in their own right. Today, many artists choose to create abstract drawings exclusively or in addition to paintings for the unique properties and effects afforded to them by drawing media such as graphite, charcoal, conte crayon, ink pens, and more.

Artists favoring fine lines and highly detailed ornamentation may work with graphite pencils of varying hardness on smooth paper, whereas those wanting blurred lines and darker shades may choose softer, highly smudge-able, charcoal on coarse paper. Conte crayon is a popular choice among artists for its wide variety of colors and rich hues (a result of its oil content) and for giving the artist the ability to create precise lines, something difficult to achieve with soft, powdery pastels. Artists typically use acid-free paper and apply a protective fixatif coating to preserve the integrity of their works for years to come.

Though famed as painters, Joan Miro, Wassily Kandinsky, Arshile Gorky, and Georgia O’Keefe also produced a significant number of abstract drawings as both studies for paintings and as stand-alone works. Regardless of the artist’s intent, many of these works on paper are veritable masterworks and are frequently exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. In fact, in 1915 (prior to O’Keefe’s first public exhibition in New York) O’Keefe held a private exhibition in her bedroom consisting exclusively of abstract charcoal drawings. Photographer Alfred Stieglitz would later exhibit some of O’Keefe’s early drawings at his renowned gallery, 291.

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balance 2, Drawings image
Drawings, 5.9 W x 5.9 H x 1.4 in
United Kingdom
$230
Oekoumène #55, Drawings image
Drawings, 7.1 W x 9.4 H x 1.2 in
The Hourglass Sanatorium, Drawings image
Drawings, 72 W x 48 H x 4 in
United States
$6,400
Prints from $40
Noctambule #4, Drawings image
Drawings, 11.8 W x 9.4 H x 2 in
PI 048, Drawings image
Drawings, 19.7 W x 19.7 H x 1.6 in
United Kingdom
$1,880
Convoluted thinking of a gardener, Drawings image
Drawings, 30 W x 39 H x 2 in
United States
$5,350
Prints from $40
EL 01, Drawings image
Drawings, 7.9 W x 7.9 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$1,630
PI 023, Drawings image
Drawings, 15.4 W x 11.4 H x 1.6 in
United Kingdom
$2,490
Belmar Court CD4, Drawings image
Drawings, 26.5 W x 40.4 H x 0.1 in
United States
$4,428
Prints from $71
folio 52, Drawings image
Drawings, 33.5 W x 41.7 H x 0 in
$1,160
Tell Me Something I Don't Know, Drawings image
Drawings, 16 W x 24 H x 1.5 in
United States
$560
Small Universe : Beginning, Drawings image
Drawings, 8 W x 10 H x 0.8 in
United States
$665
Valse For An Angel, Drawings image
Drawings, 23.6 W x 47.2 H x 0.2 in
$2,085
PI 031, Drawings image
Drawings, 11.8 W x 16.1 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$2,740
'An hour of my time' Series, No XXIII, Drawings image
Drawings, 36 W x 40.5 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$1,940
PI 050, Drawings image
Drawings, 11.8 W x 15.7 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$3,050
PI 057, Drawings image
Drawings, 47.2 W x 47.2 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$8,100
A Butterfly Landing, Drawings image
Drawings, 6.3 W x 6.8 H x 0.4 in
United States
$395
balance 1, Drawings image
Drawings, 5.9 W x 5.9 H x 1.4 in
United Kingdom
$230
Scratchy sketches_01, Drawings image
Drawings, 47.2 W x 51.2 H x 2 in
Hungary
$1,210
Tile 51, Drawings image
Drawings, 5.3 W x 5.3 H x 0.2 in
Australia
$220
Prints from $45
Tile 15, Drawings image
Drawings, 5.1 W x 5.1 H x 0.2 in
Australia
$190
Prints from $40
Event 41, Drawings image
Drawings, 24 W x 24 H x 1.5 in
$1,730
Web, Drawings image
Drawings, 10.2 W x 10.2 H x 1.4 in
Untitled (twins 202018), Drawings image
Drawings, 7.9 W x 3.9 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$1,035
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