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Painting, 1950

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

Painting, 1950


Ad Reinhardt

American, 1913 - 1967

Beginning in the 1940s, Ad Reinhardt took classes in Asian art history, igniting an interest in Eastern art and philosophy that would introduce him to values and artistic traditions—such as calligraphy—that were distinctly different from those of the West. The vertical composition of Painting is structured by a grid-like pattern of horizontal and vertical brushstrokes, set against a luminous field of variegated reds and browns. This painting in particular marks an important transition in Reinhardt’s work, as its subtle tonal values, grid structure, and evocation of light prefigure his most minimal works—the black paintings—that would remain his focus from the mid-1950s until his death in 1967.
Oil on canvas
60 × 36 in. (152.5 × 91.5 cm)
Gift of the Friday Foundation in honor of Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis
Provenance: [Estate of the artist/Marlborough Gallery, New York]; purchased by Jane and Richard Lang, Seattle, Washington, 1974
Photo: Spike Mafford / Zocalo Studios. Courtesy of the Friday Foundation
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryNew York, Betty Parsons Gallery, Ad Reinhardt: Twenty-Five Years of Abstract Painting, New York, 1960. Reproduced.

New York, New York, Marlborough Gallery, Ad Reinhardt, Mar. 2 - 23, 1974. Cat. no. 44.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Richard and Jane Lang Collection, Feb. 2 - Apr. 1, 1984. Text by Bruce Guenther and Barbara Johns. Cat. no. 37, pp. 52-53.

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