Franz Kline (Fine Arts, Faculty)

Painting Number 2, (1954), oil on canvas
(c) 2012 The Franz Kline Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York + Albright Knox Art Gallery/Art Resource N.Y.

A major contributor to the Abstract Expressionist movement, Kline's large-scale gestural black-and-white abstractions gave monumental significance to the dynamics of the graphic line. The artist said that he painted "the white as well as the black, and the white is just as important."