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Abstract Painting: Red

Ad Reinhardt

Abstract Painting: Red

Ad Reinhardt
  • Date: 1952
  • Style: Color Field Painting
  • Series: Red Series
  • Genre: abstract
  • Media: oil
  • Tag: monochrome
  • Dimensions: 76.5 x 38 cm

This is one of the paintings belonging to the Red Series. Here the artist immersed himself completely into the exploration of the color red, one of the most expressive among the primary colors. This composition is abstraction par excellence; the squares are arrayed into a rigid pattern with the variations of red hues defining its strict geometry. The artist himself maintained throughout his life that these paintings were completely free of narrative. One cannot help but wonder, however, whether a list of references could be decoded in this canvas due to its expressive palette, impressive size (9'x3.5'), and the almost totemic outline of the squares.

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