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Franz Kline
Merce C
1961
oil
93 x 74 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.



Merce Cunningham—a modern dancer, choreographer, and friend of the artist—inspired Kline's own dynamic performance in black and white. In this stark but dramatic composition, Franz Kline captures the power and elegance of Cunningham's dances.