New York, N.Y.
Height: 15.75 in
Width: 10.75 in
Black and some gray paint strokes on a pale yellow background. Abstract and geometric. Original date: 1953
Franz Kline was an American painter mainly associated with the Abstract Expressionist painters.
As with Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionists, he was labeled an "action painter" because of his seemingly spontaneous and intense style, focusing less, or not at all, on figures or imagery, but on the actual brush strokes and use of canvas. Most of his work is black and white, which some art historians have compared to the cityscape of New York (where Kline lived most of his life), the landscape of Pennsylvania (where Kline grew up), and Japanese caligraphy.