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Franz Kline
American, 1910–1962
Untitled, 1947
ink and oil on paper
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Gift of Edward R. Broida

Franz Kline's use of a mechanical projector to enlarge a detail from one of his early figurative drawings led him to the type of painterly abstraction for which he later became famous: broad, slashing strokes of black across white. His abstract brushstrokes, as in Untitled of 1947, thus are a magnification—and likewise an intensified record—of the artist's gesture.

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