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A single color with nfinite possibilities, such is the magic of monochrome!

Malevich's white, Yves Klein's blue or Pierre Soulages' black; these monochromatic schemes demonstrate that painting with a single color has become a genre in its own right, just like portraiture and landscape.

In this selection you'll find a limited color palettes and restricted chromatic fields as our KAZoART artists show you that sometimes, the simplest is the most sophisticated.

Teaser Inspiration
KAZoART Experts
46 works selected for you by:
KAZoART Experts, a committee well-versed in the world of art
Bronze Sculpture
60 x 52 cm
Grands althéas bleus
Mixed media
120 x 120 cm
Fabric Sculpture
23 x 38 cm
Soho - new york
Acrylic painting
76 x 76 cm
The monster
Digital photography
60 x 90 cm
Oil painting
33 x 41 cm
Le baiser
Metal Sculpture
117 x 100 cm
Indian pink colors
Acrylic painting
140 x 140 cm
Murmuration double
Mixed media
21 x 10 cm
Nue au soleil
Bronze Sculpture
18 x 17 cm
Fragment Vénus or
Bronze Sculpture
9 x 29 cm
Miss Cléo
Resin Sculpture
84 x 48 cm
Tulipes bleues
Acrylic painting
90 x 70 cm
Spinnaker r21
Metal Sculpture
15 x 21 cm
A contre-courant
Stone Sculpture
15 x 56 x 10 cm
Bronze Sculpture
11 x 50 cm
Bronze Sculpture
25 x 50 cm
Les oiseaux rouges
Mixed media
100 x 150 cm
Equidé II
Terracotta Sculpture
14 x 32 cm
56 x 76 cm
La boucle
Bronze Sculpture
38 x 20 x 30 cm
Acrylic painting
146 x 114 cm
Grand calme
Acrylic painting
80 x 80 cm
Duo de métal sur pointe.
Metal Sculpture
30 x 152 cm
Mixed media
110 x 110 cm
Les etocs
Oil painting
73 x 92 cm
Jolly jumper
Mixed media
94 x 70 cm
Oil painting
120 x 120 cm
Oil painting
60 x 60 cm
Portrait de femme
Oil painting
38 x 46 cm
Stone Sculpture
10 x 41 cm
La piscine
Acrylic painting
165 x 120 cm
Hippopotame rose
Oil painting
100 x 50 cm
Love aquamarine 2D
Metal Sculpture
12 x 30 cm
Réflexion 2
Resin Sculpture
32 x 24 cm
Stone Sculpture
16 x 50 cm
Nuage d'étoiles
Mixed media
75 x 150 cm
Obsession bleue
Mixed media
60 x 60 cm
Flexo "dancers"
Mixed media
15 x 41 cm
Zone réflexe n°4
Acrylic painting
42 x 42 cm
Néréïde verte
30 x 42 cm
Rehnapkcalb [rm]
Resin Sculpture
51 x 21 cm
Ceramic Sculpture
9 x 44 cm

The Birth of Monochrome Art

Today, art historians consider that the status of "the first monochrome in history" belongs to the work "White Square on White Background" made in 1918 by Kasimir Malevich.

However, this position is challenged by the 2018 rediscovery of monochrome paintings made by the "Incoherent" cartoon movement thirty years before Malevich's work! This group of artists sought to ridicule bourgeois art as well as the practices of the Impressionists who increasingly reduced their color palette in their works, making for rather abstract monochrome art. 

It was the poet Paul Bihauld, in 1882, who produced what seems to be the first real monochrome painting in art history, with his all black work entitled "Combat de nègres pendant la nuit".

Seduced by Bilhaud's approach, the artist Alphonse Allais produced a series of seven monochrome paintings in the late 1880's. One of these is the all-white work entitled "First Communion of Chlorotic Girls in Snowy Weather".

The popularity of monochrome artwork and monochrome paintings in general faded away on the eve of the Second World War, before reappearing in the 1950s with the dominance of abstract art.

It was with Yves Klein's abstract monochrome paintings, around 1955, that the term "monochrome", which until then had been used to describe a cameo, became a genre in its own right, in the same way as landscape or history painting.

Exploring the Intangible  

Monochrome abstract art is a way for the artist to express the power of painting and to break free from the limitations imposed by traditional art.

For example, Malevich's artistic goal was to free painting from the world of objects and thus from figuration. For Mark Rothko, monochrome painting allows for an inner experience - for the viewer to become completely swept up in the work and to lose themselves in it. 

Other artists want to build through monochrome painting a path to the infinite, to reach the immaterial and the purity that emerges from it. Some consider color as a vector of inner and spiritual emotions.

As a spectator, we can simply let ourselves be charmed and intrigued by this abstract monochrome art and let ourselves be intoxicated by our emotions that are generated by our personal vision of each work of monochrome art. But in order to understand what is behind a monochrome painting, and to go beyond our intimate sensations, it is important to question the artist's intentions. Because behind each monochrome is an intention, whether artistic, human, social, spiritual, creative or formal!

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