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Franz Kline
Untitled
1961
acrylic
72 1/2 x 106 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase from the Vincent Melzac Collection through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program



Kline's sweeping brushstrokes are all the more dramatic for the simplification of his palette to forceful black and white. This painting is haunting in its multiple evocations, from the coal industry's structures and railroads he knew from his native Pennsylvania, to the gritty energy of New York where he lived and worked.