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Small-Size Artworks That Will Fit in Your Collection Perfectly!

  • Mono Cieza - La Resaca de los Diablos - Amarillo Quadrado
October 11, 2018
Balasz Takac is alias of Vladimir Bjelicic who is actively engaged in art criticism, curatorial and artistic practice.

Through the centuries, small-size art objects like watches, cigarette cases or powder boxes were considered personal, precious, and somehow sentimental rather than the large paintings or sculptures made for grandiose spaces. Modernism brought a more intimate approach to these items, so small-size drawings, graphic works, paintings and sculptures became equally attractive and much more affordable for the art connoisseur.

Although times have changed, the interest in the miniature pieces hasn’t decreased and in the contemporary moment, and they are still very popular. Therefore, we made a list of ten exquisite small-size artworks – 25 x 25 cm and smaller – that you can add to your collection right now.

Featured image: Mono Cieza – La Resaca de los Diablos – Amarillo Quadrado. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

  • Robert Rauschenberg - Birthday Drawing

Robert Rauschenberg – Birthday Drawing

The first on the list is an artwork by one of the most important American artists of post-war neo-avantgarde, Robert Rauschenberg. This notable figure is best known for his assemblages or Combines, artworks made of non-traditional materials and objects. Rauschenberg continued the prewar avant-garde tradition and so he constantly experimented not only with materials but with the meanings of the images he produced.

This particular small-size drawing depicts an idyllic scene of swans. It was made in 1992, and it is 6.5 x 19.1 cm in size, signed with ‘Bob 92’ at the bottom center. It includes a registered number from the Rauschenberg Foundation.

See more info about the work here.

  • Christian Von Sydow - Construction Bleue

Christian von Sydow - Construction Bleue

Following up is the work of an established French artist, Christian von Sydow. For more than thirty years, he’s been mainly using porcelain, glass, and clay in order to express his creative visions. Since 1996, von Sydow has been running a glass-works studio together with his wife. The artist is best known for small-scale objects which resemble housing units and are reflecting his interest in color, form and the notion of what home is in the contemporary moment.

Titled simply Construction Blue, this particular object illustrates really good all the stated above. It is made of glass and gold leaves, and sizes 20 x 16 x 8 cm.

See more info about the work here.

  • Paul Gauguin - Mahana Atua (Le Jour des dieux)

Paul Gauguin - Mahana Atua (Le Jour des dieux)

One of the best known artists associated with the French Post impressionism is undoubtedly Paul Gaugin. This notable figure was not appreciated during his lifetime, yet his domains are immense due to experimental use of color and Synthesis style. Gauguin is mostly celebrated for the works which he produced during a decade spent in French Polynesia.

This peculiar woodcut on thin chine-volant belongs to this phase and it depicts an scene from everyday life of the Polynesian tribes. It dates from 1894 and it has initials at bottom of the image.

See more info about the work here.

  • Miss Tic - Appats de louve

Miss.Tic - Appats de louve

Next up is a street artist and a poet called Miss.Tic. Throughout three decades of successful career, she has managed to establish herself with a recognizable imagery on the streets of Paris. The majority of her works are based on images of women followed by bold statements. The artist is represented on international art fairs, and of her works can be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Contemporary Art Fund of the City of Paris.

This work embodies the best the domains of her practice. It dates from 2017 and it was produced with a technique of aerosol paint on stone.

See more info about the work here.

  • My Dog Sighs - Our lips are sealed (Purple/Gold)

My Dog Sighs - Our lips are sealed (Purple Gold)

The following artist is a familiar name in urban art who presents himself under the moniker My Dog Sighs. His peculiar style is characterized by the use of somehow sentimental and slightly naive portraiture. The use of unconventional materials such as food canes is his forte. In recent years, his career is increasingly rising so he exhibits around the world.

This artwork by My Dog Sighs was produced this year and is a mixed media, with 9.1 x 6.3 x 1 inch in size.

See more info about the work here.

  • Sylvie Mangaud - Un plus une

Sylvie Mangaud - Un plus une

Sylvie Mangaud is a French artist of international recognition and is known for exploring various graphic and morphological aspects of the composition through her abstract works. The decision to employ bronze as the material was based on the desire to represent different postures by abolishing the gravity for her aerial and slender feminine lines. The sculptures by Mangaud refer to the shapes of both animals and the human body.

Un plus une is a small-size sculpture made of bronze, 10 x 16 x 6 cm in size.

See more info about the work here.

  • Margherita Levo Rosenberg - Crazy Gone Splinters - Litle taste

Margherita Levo Rosenberg - Crazy Gone Splinters - Litle taste

The next artwork is produced by Margherita Levo Rosenberg, who is an artist, psychiatrist, and art-therapist. For over twenty decades, she has been producing artworks based on explorations of cognitive processes. In 1992, Levo Rosenberg founded the Pandeia Group through which she continuously experimented. The artist worked as well as a curator and was entirely focused on the in-depth investigations and research on creativity and psychotherapy.

This particular abstract work of hers was made of x-ray films and decofix, and it depicts a subtle composition reminiscent of chemical processes.

See more info about the work here.

  • Delphine Brabant - Block III

Delphine Brabant – Block III

Following up is the work of Delphine Brabant, a French artist best known for her minimalist sculptures. The artist is intrigued by the intersection of multiple geometric shapes; her works reflect the interest in both the shapes and forms, so to a certain extent they can be perceived as architectural models. Brabant uses a range of materials such as plaster, concrete, earth, and steel in order to create highly simplified and somehow spiritual objects.

The work titled Block III is a small-size artwork made of bronze encapsulates the best all of the stated above.

See more info about the work here.

  • Andy Warhol - Torso

Andy Warhol – Torso

The king of Pop Art Andy Warhol is known for encompassing multimedia approach expressed through silkscreens, drawings, illustrations, installations, films, and photographs. For quite a long time, the artist carried his camera everywhere he went and took shots of celebrities, artists, drag queens and other social misfits.

This particular work is a Polaroid photograph which shows the enlarged features of a male body. It was made in 1977 and it represents the artist’s personal desires and it breaks the conventions of a nude genre.

See more info about the work here.

  • Mono Cieza - La Resaca de los Diablos - Amarillo Quadrado

Mono Cieza - La Resaca de los Diablos - Amarillo Quadrado

The last on our collector’s tip list is the work of an Argentinean contemporary artist Mono Cieza, who is known for his fantastical sculptures and paintings. He is one of the main proponents of Pop Surrealism, and all of his works can be considered as the hybrid since he encompasses applied arts, sculpture, and toys.

This particular work is made of poly-chrome ceramics on the wooden base, and is 10 x 10 x 15 cm in size.

See more info about the work here.