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Like the Surrealists, Hartung was interested in automatic drawing – a process of freely improvised mark-making. His oil paintings were made more methodically by carefully enlarging marks from these small drawings. He believed that this was the only way to maintain their energy on a larger scale. The sweeping lines in this work reflect a turbulent sense of urgency, while Hartung's handling of charcoal, pastel and paint shows great delicacy.

August 2011