Ad Reinhardt Abstract Painting c.1951–2

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Artist
Ad Reinhardt 1913–1967
Title
Abstract Painting
Date c.1951–2
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2032 x 1067 mm
frame: 2097 x 1130 x 40 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1972
Reference
T01531
Not on display

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Reinhardt's early work was Abstract Expressionist in character but from 1949 he increasingly came to believe in an absolutely pure, ordered and balanced abstract art. This is one of the so-called brick paintings in which he first began to work out this vision. Ultimately he made paintings which appeared to be pure black monochromes, although they were made from a mix of colours and had an underlying geometric structure.

September 2004

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