December 16, 2002

Abstract Expressionism

Franz Kline's MahoningFranz Kline painted "Mahoning" on the left. Mahoning is the name of a county in PA that was a center for steel production. This painting is supposed to invoke an existentialist emotion in the viewer. The painting is not black on white but "white and black". Observing this piece of art is supposed to convey the Sartrian concept of existence before essence. I view it as a koan. If you want more fodder for thought, examine the following pieces by the same author:








Black, White, Gray by Franz Kline
Black, White, Gray white forms by Franz Kline
White Forms


Posted at December 16, 2002 11:56 PM

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