Happy Birthday to Franz Kline
“If you’re a painter, you’re not alone. There’s no way to be alone.”
Franz Kline (May 23, 1910 – May 13, 1962) was an American painter, mainly associated with the abstract expressionist movement centered around New York in the 1940s and 1950s, and best known for large black and white paintings bearing abstract motifs set down with strident confidence. He started out as a realist with a fluent style that he perfected during an academic training that encouraged him to admire Old Masters such as . But after settling in New York and meeting , he began to evolve his signature abstract approach. By the end of his life he had achieved immense international recognition, and his unusual approach to gestural abstraction was beginning to influence the ideas of many .
In honor of his birthday, why not pay a visit to Kline’s “Untitled” painting in the Modern & Contemporary Gallery on UMMA’s Mezzanine level? The Museum is open until 5pm, and admission is always free!