Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Franz Kline - Untitled (1959)

Franz Jozef Kline (May 23 1910 – May 13 1962) was an American painter mainly associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement centered around New York in the 1940s and 1950s. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, attended Girard College, an academy for fatherless boys, attended Boston University, spent summers from 1956-62 painting in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and died in New York City of a rheumatic heart disease. He was married to Elizabeth Vincent Parsons, a British ballet dancer.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Jean-Paul Riopelle - Descriptif (1959)

Born on October 7, 1923 in Montreal, Canada, Jean-Paul Riopelle is one of Canada’s most famous painters. Riopelle studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal in 1942, and then at the École du Meuble, graduating in 1945. He studied with Paul-Émile Borduas under whose direction Riopelle created his first abstract painting.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Edward Dugmore - Untitled 15-P (1959)

From Wikipedia: Edward Dugmore (February 20, 1915 - June 13, 1996) was an abstract expressionist painter known for close ties to both the San Francisco and New York art worlds in post-war era following World War II. Since 1950 he had more than two dozen solo exhibitions of his paintings in galleries across the United States. His paintings have been seen in hundreds of group exhibitions over the years.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Yvonne Thomas - The Corner (1959)

Yvonne Thomas’ art acknowledges the union of paint and support that the famous critic Clement Greenberg posed as a modernist quest for a responsible colorist. The poetry and sophistication of the paintings is the culmination of an education... received firsthand from several leaders of the New York School’s first generation.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Joan Mitchell - Untitled (1960)

From Wikipedia: Joan Mitchell (February 12, 1925 - October 30, 1992) was a ‘Second Generation’ Abstract Expressionist painter. Along with Lee Krasner, Grace Hartigan, and Helen Frankenthaler she was one of her era's few female painters to ...gain critical and public acclaim. Her paintings and editioned prints can be seen in major museums and collections across America and Europe.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Hans Hofmann - Flowering Desert (1953)

"The key to Hofmann’s paintings is his passion for nature, whether perceived on location, from memory, or imagination. He incessantly probed natural elements, focusing on volume, and geometric forms in positive and negative spaces. It was ...the object, he said, that creates the negative or positive space, not, as traditionally conceived, that an object is placed in a space. If an object creates space, then it is light that creates form. Similarly, light makes color in nature, but color creates light in painting."

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Amaranth Ehrenhalt - Parcours (1959-60)

"Some are born with a silver spoon in their mouth; I arrived with a paint brush in my hand and have painted steadily since the age of four. My work is abstract expressionist.'Unexpected' and 'radiating energy' are often used to describe my art."

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Misha Reznikoff - Untitled (1958)

Misha Reznikoff was born in Ukraine in 1905. During the Russian Revolution in 1918 he served as the youngest communication officer. In 1921 immigrated with his family to the United States and settled in Rhode Island.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ernest Briggs - Untitled (1958)

"From dense layers of calligraphic brushstrokes to broad, sweeping passages of luminous color, Ernest Briggs's paintings from the 1950s bristle with the artist's sense of elation at leaving traditional image-making behind. Briggs was an active participant in the later wave of Abstract Expressionism, the revolution in abstract painting that secured New York City's position as the art capitol of the world in the post-World War II period."

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