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 Kline, Franz (1910 - 1962)
USA

Sabro, 1956

Oil on canvas;
202 x 120.5 cm
Action Painting

UID 102-308



Biography

American painter who studied illustration and drawing at Boston University (1931-35) and at the Heatherley School of Art in London (1937-38). These two artistic media would later produce a significant contribution to Abstract Expressionism. Kline admired and was influenced by various artists such as Rembrandt, Goya, Manet, Sargent and Whistler. He began by painting portraits, figures sitting on swings, railway bridges and Pennsylvania landscapes. At the end of the 40s, he developed his own gestural painting style requiring increasingly large canvases. In 1958-59, he experimented with colours of structural form such as black and white. Kline developed an individual form of Action Painting, reminiscent of Far East calligraphy.



Exhibitions

Franz Kline: Art and Structure of Identity
Kunstverein fur die Rheinland und Westfalen, Germany
01-12-1994 ~ 28-04-1995

Franz Kline: Art and Structure of Identity
Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Spain
01-06-1994 ~ 31-08-1994

Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings
Whitney Museum of American Art, USA
01-11-1957 ~ 31-01-1958

Franz Kline
Amarillo Art Center, USA
01-12-1961 ~ 31-01-1962

Abstract Expressionists
Galerie Beyeler, Switzerland
01-01-1977 ~ 31-12-1977

Exploring Abstraction
Saarland Museum, Germany
01-07-1989 ~ 30-09-1989

Franz Kline
Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Italy
18-10-2004 ~ 30-01-2005

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000

Franz Kline: Art and Structure of Identity
Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Spain
01-03-1994 ~ 31-05-1994

Collection Berardo, Oeuvres Choisies du 20e Siècle
Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon, France
05-10-2001 ~ 14-01-2002

The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
17-05-1997 ~ 31-08-1997

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
22-10-2002 ~ 28-02-2003

Berardo Museum Opening
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
25-06-2007 ~ 09-09-2007

Be-Bomb : The Transatlantic War
Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Spain
25-09-2007 ~ 15-01-2008

Franz Kline
Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Italy
18-10-2004 ~ 30-01-2005

Franz Kline, Maeght
Fondation Maeght, France
25-06-2006 ~ 05-11-2006

Milano Anni Sessanta / GLI IRRIPETIBILI ANNI ’60
Fondazione Roma Museo, Italy
09-05-2011 ~ 31-07-2011


Bibliography

Abstract Expressionists, 1977
Published by Amarillo Art Center

Annual Exhibition of Painting, Sculpture, Watercolors and Drawings, 1957
Published by Whitney Museum of American Art

Christie's, Contemporary Art, 1996
Published by Christie's

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

Collection Berardo, Oeuvres Choisies du 20e Siècle, 2001
Published by Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon
ISBN 2711843319

Exploring Abstraction, 1989
Published by Galerie Beyeler

Franz Kline, 1961
Published by Arts Club of Chicago

Franz Kline, 2004
Published by Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli

Franz Kline: Art and Structure of Identity, 1994

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo, 2002
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 972974288X

The Berardo Collection – Sintra Museum of Modern Art, 1996
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729739105







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