Franz Kline, ‘Ink Study for High Street ’, Christie's

Franz Kline (1910-1962)

Ink Study for High Street

signed 'KLINE' (lower right)

ink on printed paper

9 x 11 in. (22.8 x 27.9 cm.)

Executed circa 1950s.

Signature: signed 'KLINE' (lower right)

New York, Allan Stone Gallery, Franz Kline: Architecture & Atmosphere, October 1997-January 1998, no. 30 (illustrated in color).

Rivoli-Turin, Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Franz Kline 1910-1962, October 2004-January 2005, pp. 192, 193 and 299 (illustrated in color).

Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York

Locksley-Shea Gallery, Minneapolis

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Reedy, St. Paul

Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 8 February 1986, lot 33

Allan Stone, New York

His sale; Christie's, New York, 12 November 2007, lot 613

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Franz Kline

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.

American, 1910-1962, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York