"Coal Valley," is a small abstract painting on board, a section of which is oil on paper, pasted over the left side of the painting, a revision made by the artist. It shows Kline's distinct working method. Executed in 1957, this painting reveals the artist's use of intense color in his later work - gray, blue, and green predominate. While Kline is typically renowned for his monumental gestural black and white paintings, "Coal Valley," is an excellent example of his small color abstractions, some of which are preparatory studies.
Date of Birth
Oil on board (and oil on paper mounted on board)
14 13/16 x 11 3/16 in. (37.62375 x 28.41625 cm.)
Bequest of the Elisabeth Ross Zogbaum Revocable Trust
© The Franz Kline Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York