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Red Crayon
Date: 1959
Dimensions: canvas: 35 1/2 in. x 32 in. (90.2 x 81.3 cm) frame: 37 x 33 1/8 x 1 3/8 in. (94 x 84.1 x 3.5 cm)
Medium: oil and crayon on canvas
Credit Line: Director's Fund Purchase
Label Text: Can paint, itself, convey emotion? Can a brush stroke have meaning? Following World War II, Franz Kline and other Abstract Expressionist artists had no interest in creating paintings that pretended to be anything other than a flat, painted surface. Their brush strokes and colors alone were meant to express the artist’s emotions. Kline’s experimentation began after observing the strong, black lines from one of his realistic sketches magnified and projected on a wall. After working almost exclusively in black and white for a decade, he reintroduced color into his paintings in the late 1950s. In Red Crayon, Kline’s exploration of color qualities—from a bright, acidic yellow to a deep, mellow purple—creates excitement and encourages the viewer to react in different ways to various parts of the painting.
Object Number: 1968/9.93
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