Franz Kline, Merce C, 1961, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., 1969.47.64
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.
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93 x 74 5/8 in. (236.2 x 189.4 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
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- oil on canvas
- Performing arts – dance
- Portrait male – Cunningham, Merce
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