Merce C

  • Franz Kline, Merce C, 1961, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., 1969.47.64

Publication Label

Merce C is a tribute to choreographer Merce Cunningham — a modern dancer, choreographer, and a friend of the artist — who inspired Kline's own dynamic performance in black and white. In this stark but dramatic composition, Kline captures the power and elegance of Cunningham's dance. The strokes of dense black paint pushing their way through the white field suggest a pair of athletic dancers carving the space with their movements.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.

Title
Merce C
Artist
Date
1961
On View
Dimensions
93 x 74 5/8 in. (236.2 x 189.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Performing arts – dance
  • Portrait male – Cunningham, Merce
Object Number
1969.47.64
Palette
Linked Open Data
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