White Forms is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art.
A collector and champion of Franz Kline, Dorothy Miller included the artist in a number of important MoMA exhibitions, including 12 Americans in 1956 and The New American Painting travelling exhibition in 1958-1959. A close friend of the artist, Study for White Forms was given to Dorothy Miller and her husband as a Christmas present in 1958. In addition to personally purchasing Four Square in 1958, which is being offered in the present sale, Miller was at the Museum, when it acquired the painting Chief in 1952, the first Kline to enter the collection.
Franz Kline was a voracious draftsman, who valued line and its expressive power throughout his career, creating an important oeuvre of graphic work that is evocative of and often studies for, his paintings. Study for White Forms consists of a swirling, loopy line dancing around a rigid structure. For the finished painting, which entered the MoMA's collection in 1977, Kline pared the composition down to its framework, removing all of its curvilinear elements. Study for White Forms is an exquisite brush and ink work on paper that has all of the immediacy and calligraphic bounce that are hallmarks of the artist's best work.
Franz Kline, White Forms, 1955, Collection Museum of Modern Art, New York c 2003 The Franz Kline Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York