attributed to Franz Kline

American (1910-1962)

Black and White Composition (1958)

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oil on paper collage


sheet: 9 x 8 1/4 inches


signed "KLINE" lower right

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accompanied by a photograph of the same work with a letter on the verso from Fred Mitchell, recognized authority on Kline, attributing the work as given by Franz Kline to Philip Pavia

"This oil on paper collage by Franz Kline, 1958, was given by the artist to Philip Pavia in that year, to assist him in preparation of an article in "It Is," the publication on the New York School edited and published by Philip Pavia. -Fred Mitchell, New York City, Nov. 82."

this work was not included in Pavia's publication "It Is"

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Frame Information

frame dimensions: 15 1/2 x 15 x 1 inches, aluminum frame with glazing


Property from the Estate of Rosa and Aaron Esman


overall good condition with some discoloration resulting from oil paint, work consists of two sheets adhered together

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Throughout their seventy-year marriage Rosa and Aaron Esman shared passion for the arts amassed into an exciting collection of Modern, Post-War, and Contemporary art. Rosa owned several art galleries including Tanglewood Gallery and Rosa Esman Gallery, and was a founding partner of Ubu Gallery. She was a pioneer print publisher of limited edition artworks while at Tanglewood Press, Original Editions, and Abrams Original Editions.

Dr. Aaron Esman was a lover of books, classical and jazz performances, and theater. He was deeply fascinated by the human mind as a psychiatrist and its connections to creativity and often wrote on the subject. Together the Esman’s built a rich collection of art influenced by their shared and individual passions full of Modernism, Dada, Russian Constructivism, and American Pop Art.