Franz Kline

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Yale University Art Gallery adds Franz Kline and Mark Rothko pieces to collection

The Yale University Art Gallery received six gifted works by abstract expressionists Franz Kline and Mark Rothko. The gallery’s new additions were acquired through the Friday Foundation which donated the pieces from the private collection of two late Seattle philanthropists Jane Lang Davis and Richard E. Lang, whose family has ties to the university.
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Franz Kline

Franz Kline was an American Abstract Expressionist known for his distinctive monochromatic aesthetic, employing black brushstrokes on white surfaces. The artist created calculated compositions that were the products of numerous preliminary sketches and drawings, distinct from the spontaneity, but intended to replicate the dynamism of the gestural paintings of his contemporaries. Some of Kline’s works, such as Nijinsky and Mahoning, are characterized by thick layers of black and white paint, applied with aggressively energetic lines. “The final test of a painting, theirs, mine, any other, is: does the painter's emotion come across?” the artist once said.
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