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Painting No. 11

Photo: Spike Mafford / Zocalo Studios. Courtesy of the Friday Foundation

Painting No. 11

1951

Franz Kline

American, 1910 - 1962

1951 was a pivotal year for Franz Kline, and Painting No. 11 is a quintessential example of Kline’s celebrated gestural style in stark black and white. It was made shortly after Kline’s first solo exhibition at Charles Egan Gallery, New York, in October 1950, which premiered his large-scale abstractions. Developed from his drawings and works on paper, Kline enlarged some of his drawings using a Bell-Opticon projector at Willem de Kooning’s studio, introducing new possibilities of scale.
Oil on canvas
61 × 82 1/4 in. (155 × 208.9 cm)
Gift of the Friday Foundation in honor of Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis
2020.14.12
Provenance: The artist; Estate of the artist; [Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York]; purchased from gallery by Jane and Richard E. Lang, Seattle, Washington, 1970; Friday Foundation, Seattle, Washington, 2018; Seattle Art Museum, 2020
Photo: Spike Mafford / Zocalo Studios. Courtesy of the Friday Foundation
location
Not currently on view

Resources

Exhibition HistoryNew York, New York, Egan Gallery, Franz Kline, 1951.

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Franz Kline, 1910–1962, Oct. 1–Nov. 24, 1968 (Dallas, Texas, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dec. 17, 1968–Jan. 26, 1969; San Francisco, California, San Francisco Museum of Art, Feb. 21–Mar. 30, 1969; Chicago, Illinois, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Apr. 12–May 25, 1969). Cat. no. 47.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, American Art: Third Quarter Century, Aug. 22–Oct. 14, 1973. Cat. no. 33, pp. 18, 99, reproduced.

Washington, D.C., National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, America as Art, Apr. 30–Nov. 7, 1976. Cat. no. 328, reproduced p. 274.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Franz Kline: The Color Abstractions, Sept. 27–Nov. 25, 1979, organized and exhibited by the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. (Houston, Texas, Institute for the Arts, Rice University; Los Angeles, California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art) [Painting No. 11 shown in Seattle only].

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Richard and Jane Lang Collection, Feb. 2–Apr. 1, 1984. Cat. no. 25, pp. 38–39, reproduced.

Houston, Texas, Menil Collection, Franz Kline: Black and White, 1950–1961, Sept. 9–Nov 27, 1994 (New York, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Dec. 16, 1994–Mar. 5, 1995; Chicago, Illinois, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Mar. 25–June 4, 1995) Cat. no. 6, p. 112, reproduced p. 41.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, SAM at 75: Building a Collection for Seattle, May 5–Sept. 9, 2007.
Published ReferencesA Community of Collectors: 75th Anniversary Gifts to the Seattle Art Museum. Seattle: Seattle Art Museum and University of Washington Press, 2008. Reproduced p. 26.

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