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List of Famous Abstract Art Paintings

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List of the most famous abstract art paintings in the world, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The popular abstract art paintings on this list are considered to be some of the most recognizable works of art on the planet, so save yourself a trip to the museum and check out this artwork from the comfort of your own home. abstract art is an extremely important genre in the art world, so it's no surprise that some of the most recognizable fall under the abstract art genre. You can find additional information about these well-known paintings by clicking on the names of the pieces.

Items on this list include The Scream and No. 5, 1948

This list answers the questions, "What are examples of abstract art paintings?" and "What are the most famous abstract art paintings?"
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    Cow's Skull: Red, White, and Blue

    Cow's Skull: Red, White, and Blue is the name of a painting by American artist Georgia O'Keeffe. The painting depicts a cow skull centered in front of what appears to be a cloth background. In the center of the background is a vertical black stripe. On either side of that are two vertical sripes of white laced with blue. At the outside of the painting are two vertical red stripes. O'Keeffe created the painting in 1931. It is done in oil on canvas and measures 39 7/8 x 35 7/8 inches.. It is part of the Alfred Stieglitz Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Around the time of the painting's creation, American artists, musicians, and writers were interested in identifying a uniquely... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Georgia O'Keeffe
    • Genres (Art): Abstract art
    • Art Form: Painting
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    No. 5, 1948

    No. 5, 1948 is a painting by Jackson Pollock, an American painter known for his contributions to the abstract expressionist movement.... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Jackson Pollock
    • Genres (Art): Abstract art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Abstract expressionism
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  • Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2
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    Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 is a 1912 painting by Marcel Duchamp. The work is widely regarded as a Modernist classic and has become one of the most famous of its time. Before its first presentation at the Parisian 1912 Salon des Indépendants, it was rejected by the Cubists as too Futurist. Yet the work was exhibited with the same group at Galeries J. Dalmau, Exposició d'Art Cubista, in Barcelona, 20 April–10 May 1912, and subsequently caused a huge stir during its exhibition at the 1913 Armory Show in New York. The painting was reproduced in Les Peintres Cubistes, Méditations Esthétiques by Guillaume Apollinaire, published in 1913. Nude Descending a Staircase is in the Louise and... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Marcel Duchamp
    • Subject: Stairs
    • Genres (Art): Abstract art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Cubo-Futurism, Cubism
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  • The Scream
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    The Scream is the popular name given to each of four versions of a composition, created as both paintings and pastels, by the Expressionist artist Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1910. Der Schrei der Natur is the title Munch gave to these works, all of which show a figure with an agonized expression against a landscape with a tumultuous orange sky. Arthur Lubow has described The Scream as "an icon of modern art, a Mona Lisa for our time." Edvard Munch created the four versions in various media. The National Gallery, Oslo, holds one of two painted versions. The Munch Museum holds the other painted version and a pastel version from 1893. These three versions have not traveled for years. The... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Edvard Munch
    • Genres (Art): Abstract art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Expressionism
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