Franz Jozef Kline, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on May 23, 1910 is an American painter whose usual style falls into within the Abstract Expressionist, a movement that centered around New York in the 1940s and 1950s. He was labeled an “action painter” due to his spontaneous and intense style that focused on the actual brush strokes against canvas. Many of his “spontaneous” sketches were practiced on telephone book pages before they were rendered on actual canvas.

His best known abstract expressionist paintings are in black and white, though he re-introduced color in 1955, and used it more consistently after 1959. His paintings are deceptively subtle though on closer inspection have a dynamic, spontaneous and dramatic impact. Most of his paintings are taken from studies of bridges, tunnels, buildings, engines, railroads and other architectural and industrial icons.


Cardinal 1950

Chief 1950

Painting Number 7 1952

Untitled 1952

New York, N. Y. 1953

Suspended 1953

Painting Number Two 1953

Orange Outline 1955

Untitled 1957

C and O 1958

Heaume 1958

Black Reflections 1959

Untitled 1959

60 Blueberry Eyes 1959

Harlemen 1960

Le Gros 1961

Scudera 1961

Untitled 1961


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