Medium
Condition
Excellent
Signature
Hand-signed by artist
Frame
Included

Abstract Expressionist Franz Kline is known for his large black-and-white paintings that treat the medium of oil with a calligraphic freedom, influenced by his acquaintance with Willem de Kooning. Kline viewed his gestural painting not as an expression of his emotions but as a means to create a physical form and presence that could be felt by the viewer, and would inspire Minimalist sculptors like Donald Judd and Richard Serra with his reluctance to attribute hidden meanings to his work. Starting in the late 1950s, Kline executed a series of monumental works, known as the "wall paintings," and began to reintroduce color to his black-and-white palette.

High auction record
$40.4m, Christie's, 2012
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions
2016
Big Picture: Art After 1945Seattle Art Museum
Abstract ExpressionismRoyal Academy of Arts
2002
Franz Kline: The Physical World: An Exhibition of Painting and SculptureGagosian
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Howard the Fireman, C1940's

Four pencil on paper
11 1/2 × 8 1/2 in
29.2 × 21.6 cm
.
$4,000
Location
New York City
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Medium
Condition
Excellent
Signature
Hand-signed by artist
Frame
Included

Abstract Expressionist Franz Kline is known for his large black-and-white paintings that treat the medium of oil with a calligraphic freedom, influenced by his acquaintance with Willem de Kooning. Kline viewed his gestural painting not as an expression of his emotions but as a means to create a physical form and presence that could be felt by the viewer, and would inspire Minimalist sculptors like Donald Judd and Richard Serra with his reluctance to attribute hidden meanings to his work. Starting in the late 1950s, Kline executed a series of monumental works, known as the "wall paintings," and began to reintroduce color to his black-and-white palette.

High auction record
$40.4m, Christie's, 2012
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Franz Kline
Other works from Hal Katzen Gallery
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