Brice Marden, ‘Blue Horizontal’, Christie's

Brice Marden (b. 1938)

Blue Horizontal

signed, titled and dated 'BLUE HORIZONTAL 1986-87 B. Marden' (on the reverse)

oil on linen

84 x 120 in. (213.3 x 304.8 cm.)

Painted in 1986-1987.

Signature: signed, titled and dated 'BLUE HORIZONTAL 1986-87 B. Marden' (on the reverse)

New York, Mary Boone/Michael Werner Gallery, Brice Marden: New Paintings, 1987, no. 6 (earlier state illustrated).

Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Private collection, New York

Private collection, Sydney

Richard Gray Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Brice Marden

Best known for his striking calligraphic abstractions and serene early monochromes, Brice Marden is among the most esteemed and influential artists working today. In his trademark lyrical works, Marden paints a network of serpentine lines flowing hypnotically throughout the picture plane; he sometimes replaces paintbrushes with sticks or other natural implements to effect a more gestural and organic appearance. Marden draws on a range of influences in his practice, including Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg (for whom he worked) and Asian art and calligraphy, as well as the Old Masters, rejecting most of his contemporaries as overly clinical. In his early monochrome works, created amidst the Color Field Painting and Minimalism of 1960s New York, Marden used abstraction deliberately as a way to evoke an emotional and subjective response from his viewers. “You should just look at it and react to it on your own,” he says. “Just relax and let go.”

American, b. 1938, Bronxville, New York