Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967)
signed and dated 'REINHARDT 48' (lower right)
oil on canvas
31 7/8 x 40 in. (80.9 x 101.6 cm.)
Painted in 1948.
Private collection, New York, acquired from the artist
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, New York, 4 May 1993, lot 298
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Lot Essay

"The one object of fifty years of abstract art' wrote Ad Reinhardt, 'is to present art-as-art and as nothing else, to make it into the one thing it is only, separating and defining it more and more, making it purer and emptier" (Reinhardt quoted in Jonathan Fineberg, Art Since 1945, Strategies of Being, London, 2000, p. 297).

Ad Reinhardt in his New York studio, 1951. Photograph by Maurice Berezov. (c) A.E. Artworks.

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