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 Franz Kline

Franz Kline

Birth
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 13 May 1962 (aged 52)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot 1009
Memorial ID 586 · View Source
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Artist. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Kline studied art in London before settling in New York in 1939. His early work was figurative, social realism with cubist overtones. During the 1950’s, Kline developed his unique vocabulary of gestural brushstrokes and became associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement. He taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and The Cooper Union in New York. Kline’s paintings in black and white are large with massive forms in a dense space. They very expressive, evoking the urban landscapes of New York and Pennsylvania. Kline used ordinary household paint and large housepainters’ brushes to quickly apply paint to canvases tacked directly to the wall. The black brushstrokes go beyond the edges of the canvas creating an energy and dynamism, while also giving the effect of presenting a detail or huge fragment of an even more monumental image. In the late 1950’s, Kline introduced color into the paintings, but he died before it became a major part of the work.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 586
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Franz Kline (23 May 1909–13 May 1962), Find A Grave Memorial no. 586, citing Hollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .