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Accent Grave

Accent Grave

1955

Franz Kline

(American, 1910-1962)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 196 x 136 x 5 cm (77 3/16 x 53 9/16 x 1 15/16 in.); Unframed: 191.1 x 131.4 cm (75 1/4 x 51 3/4 in.)

Anonymous Gift 1967.3

Fun Fact

Although Kline’s paintings look like variations on Asian calligraphy, the artist denied the influence.

Description

Although Kline's paintings look as if they were executed in a spontaneous burst of activity, they were often painstakingly pre-planned through preliminary studies. Additionally, as in the case of Accent Grave, close inspection reveals passages of reworked areas - white over black and vice-versa - indicating that the final composition was carefully orchestrated. The painting's title derives from the downward sloping black shape in its upper region, which suggests an accent grave in French phonetics.

See also
Collection: 
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Credit line: 
Anonymous Gift

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