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Study for a Painting

Ad Reinhardt

Study for a Painting

Ad Reinhardt
  • Date: 1938
  • Style: Abstract Art
  • Media: gouache, paper
  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 12.8 cm

This early composition by Ad Reinhardt exhibits the artist's profound interest and understanding of the Cubist art of Pablo Picasso and George Braque. The palette is typical of the style and is comprised of four colors essential for a Cubist painting: black, white, brown, and gray. The abstract shapes are dynamically arranged on the flat surface where the biomorphic curves intermingle with hard edges and straight lines. This small gouache presents Reinhardt as a talented young artist with a gift for absorption of the most relevant styles of painting of the time.

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