Franz Kline, ‘Untitled’, 1950, Sotheby's

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, New York, Sold to Benefit Charitable Initiatives

Signature: signed and dated 50

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; San Francisco Museum of Art, Franz Kline, 1910-1962, October 1968 - March 1969, cat. no. 42

Estate of the Artist
Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York
Private Collection, Litchfield, Connecticut
Gift of the above to the previous 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