DescriptionFRANZ KLINE (American, 1910-1962)
Circus Rider, 1944
Oil on board
Signed and dated upper right: Franz Kline 44
13-3/8 x 18-1/4 inches (34.0 x 46.4 cm)
Franz Kline was an American painter mainly associated with the Abstract Expressionists centered in and around New York during the 1950s.
Kline met Willem de Kooning in 1943, and de Kooning would become a major influence to the work of Kline. In 1949, the two painters projected images of small drawings on to the wall, resulting in images so large that the subject was entirely abstracted, and the focus of the newly created composition was the dynamic nature of the lines themselves. Kline painted in only black and white for a number of years, most likely influenced by this experiment, but eventually re-introduced color into his work.
His work was the subject of a major retrospective in 1968 at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1986, The Cincinnati Art Museum held an exhibition entitled, "The Vital Gesture: Franz Kline in Retrospect." His work is also held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the National Gallery of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among others.
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000.
An area of craquelure with some paint loss along the bottom right of center. A few small areas of paint loss along the upper edge of the board.
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