I’ve always loved the works of Franz Kline- the picture here doesn’t quite capture the ingenuity of his works- you have to imagine this as a massive painting taking up an entire wall. Sure- it’s a simplistic representation of a chair, and although in this small picture it does look like a 4 year old could paint better, the gigantic strokes were all painted with 100% purpose, the rough strokes giving the pieces of the ‘chair’ a more than just dark feel. It looks like nothing, it looks like everything.
I suppose what really captivates me is that this movement or form of art is not about what you paint, but rather how.
I could go on and on about the several interpretations of his work, but, alas, my Analytical Chemistry exam awaits my complete attention. Apparently Franz Kline did most of his prep-work on newspaper clippings or bar napkins.
“Spontaneity is practiced” - the so-called slogan of Abstract Expressionism.