Spotlight: A work attributed to Franz Kline

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January 25, 2024
Lot 12 attributed to Franz Kline, Black and White Composition (1958)

Lot 12 attributed to Franz Kline, Black and White Composition (1958)


Capsule is thrilled to present this oil-on-paper collage attributed to Franz Kline in our Fine Art and Estates sale. The artwork, titled "Black and White Composition," comes with a photograph of the same piece, with a letter on the verso from Fred Mitchell, a recognized authority on Kline. In the letter, Mitchell attributes the work as given by Franz Kline to Philip Pavia.

Within this compact creation, you'll find Kline's unmistakable bold and gestural brushstrokes, coupled with his characteristic use of black and white that often defined his oeuvre. "Black and White Composition" is a prime example of why Kline's works are celebrated – they embody dynamic energy, spontaneity, and a captivating sense of controlled chaos.

The inscription from Fred Mitchell pictured above reads" 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". 

While Pavia was primarily known as a sculptor, he and Kline shared a commitment to the principles of abstraction and experimentation. The artistic dialogue and camaraderie between Pavia and Kline contributed to the overall dynamism and innovation of the New York art scene during the time. Kline was also involved in the Eighth Street Club founded by Pavia, a gathering place for artists to exchange ideas and engage in discussions about art. The club became a central hub for the abstract expressionist movement, fostering a sense of community among like-minded artists.

Pre-bidding for Fine Art and Estates featuring "Black and White Composition" is available now. Live bidding begins January 30th at 11AM EST. 

A rare opportunity to buy from a great collection, this work is being offered with a very attractive estimate and no reserve.

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