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Abstract Painting, Blue

Ad Reinhardt

Abstract Painting, Blue

Ad Reinhardt
  • Date: 1952
  • Style: Hard Edge Painting
  • Series: Blue Series
  • Genre: abstract
  • Media: oil, canvas

The Blue Series followed the Red Series of paintings and this is one of its most successful examples. The rectangular shapes of various shades of blue and green are suspended within a resplendent azure surface. They are solid blocks of color and yet they seem quite mesmerizingly weightless. It feels as if the artist attempted an abstract revision of the famed Water Lilies series (1899-1926) by Claude Monet, creating a harmonious, modernist peace. The velvety surface, construed by the application of numerous layers of oil pigments, further softens the stern geometry of the floating blocks.

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