Franz Kline

American, b. 1910, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; d. 1962, New York, New York
Franz Kline


Inspired by the artwork of Willem de Kooning, first generation Abstract Expressionist, Franz Kline, developed a method in the late 1940s of using his abstract sketches on scrap paper as models for monumental canvases of dynamic black and white brushstrokes. The expressive brushstrokes and flat planes of Charcoal, Black and Tan initially may seem spontaneous but Kline was an established craftsman who deliberated over his work and reworked them using rags until reaching his preferred outcome.

Charcoal Black and Tan
Franz Kline Charcoal Black and Tan


Title: Charcoal Black and Tan
Date: 1959
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 112 x 82.5 inches
Accession: P69.5.3

Location: Corning Tower Concourse Level









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