Born: New York, New York 1886
Died: New York, New York 1969
oil and collage on canvas 53 7/8 x 60 in. (137.0 x 152.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 42B
Luce Center Label
Paul Burlin was not interested in representing anything specific, and the densely textured brushstrokes of A-1961 dominate the image in broad sweeping lines, splatters, and faint scribbles of color. He reworked the canvas, adding new layers of color and form until he was happy with the overall effect. As a result, we can see ghosts of shapes floating just under the surface of the lighter colors, providing subtle hints of how the final image evolved.