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The Vital Gesture : Franz Kline

Harry F. Gauch

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ISBN 10: 0896595714 / ISBN 13: 9780896595712
Published by Cincinnati Art Museum / Abbeville Press, Cincinnati, 1985
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The Vital Gesture : Franz Kline

Publisher: Cincinnati Art Museum / Abbeville Press, Cincinnati

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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A comprehensive view of the artist's life and work, showing his evolution from an ambitious art student in Boston and London to a mature artist in command of his own unique style

From Publishers Weekly:

Kline's fame rests on his dramatic black-and-white abstract paintings. Packed with raw energy, they look like a clash of elemental forces. This attractive, readable monograph, which accompanies a touring exhibition, shows that Kline floundered and was not an especially original painter until he discovered his black-and-white style. Among the 70 color plates and 100 halftones are agreeable figurative pictures, murals for Greenwich Village bars that he painted to pay the rent, landscapes of the Pennsylvania coal country where he grew up and obsessive portraits of Nijinsky, which became alternative self-portraits. Critics have read into the black-and-white and color abstractions noble or tragic faces, desolate landscapes or meditations on the American dream of power used wisely. Their purity and power comes across in the many full-page reproductions. December
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