Ad Reinhardt
Abstract Painting No. 5 1962

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Ad Reinhardt 1913–1967
Abstract Painting No. 5
Date 1962
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1524 x 1524 mm
frame: 1576 x 1577 x 66 mm
Acquisition Presented by Mrs Rita Reinhardt through the American Federation of Arts 1972

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Ad Reinhardt's work became increasingly reductive and symmetrical in the 1950's and from 1955 until his death he worked almost exclusively in near-black. In fact the blue-black surface of 'Abstract Painting No. 5' has an underlying grid of different coloured squares divided by a green central horizontal band. Seen from top left, the squares are: red, blue, red, red, blue, red. Each of these colours was mixed with black oil paint to give a matt surface quality.

August 2004