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The Surge

Conrad Marca-Relli

The Surge

Conrad Marca-Relli
  • Date: 1958
  • Style: Abstract Expressionism
  • Genre: abstract

In the late 1950s, Marca-Relli embarked on a series of works that were ambitious in their scale, complexity and color harmonies. With Surge, Marca-Relli abandoned his formerly subdued palette of off-white and ochre to introduce bold zones of color as a new formal element in his paintings. The jostling blue, red and yellow shapes that expand outwards from a tight mass at the centre of the canvas convey a sense of intense energy and movement.

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