Franz KLINE, Oyster liver Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1910 – 1962

Oyster liver 1956 Materials & Technique: drawings, oil Support: laid on paper on composition board

Primary Insc: signed and dated l.l. in pencil "Kline 56".
Dimensions: sheet 21.4 h x 27.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1980
Accession No: NGA 80.3409
Image rights: © Franz Kline. Licensed by Viscopy
  • Galerie Maeght, New York;
  • from whom bought by the National Gallery of Australia, October 1980

A ‘self-taught’ abstract painter, Kline came to prominence in the late 1950s for his black-and-white paintings that recalled the works of his good friend Willem de Kooning. Kline’s highly gestural paintings were often produced with large, house-painting brushes and have a vigorous energy said to reflect the unease experienced in the decade following the Second World War. However, Kline also produced many drawings in black ink, oil paint and acrylic, often using newspaper as a ground. These drawings were the result of a very considered approach to mark making, and were often enlarged using a projector to provide the basis for larger works on canvas.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra