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Franz Kline (1910-1962)
Franz Kline (1910-1962)

Black Angle with Yellow

Franz Kline (1910-1962)
Black Angle with Yellow
signed 'KLINE' (lower left)
oil on paper collage mounted on canvas
13 ¾ x 12 in. (34.9 x 30.4 cm.)
Painted in 1959.
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
Private collection, acquired from the above circa 1959-1960
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, 1988
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, New York, 15 May 1998, lot 76
Mitchell-Inness & Nash, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, 20th Century Masters on Paper, December-January 1993.

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Lot Essay

Elaine de Kooning, as the wife of Willem de Kooning—who once described Kline as his “best friend”—and knew Kline very well, eloquently wrote of this aspect of his work, “it was Kline’s unique gift to be able to translate the character and the speed of a one-inch flick of the wrist to a brush-stroke magnified a hundred times. (Who else but Tintoretto has been able to manage this gesture?) All nuances of tone, sensitivity of contour, allusions to other art are engulfed in his black and white insignia, as final as a jump from the top floor of a skyscraper” -Elaine de Kooning
(E. de Kooning, “Franz Kline,” quoted in C. Christov-Bakargiev, (ed.), Franz Kline 1910-62, exh, cat. Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, 2004, p. 345).

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