Abstract Painting, Ad Reinhardt
Ad Reinhardt
Abstract Painting
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Ad Reinhardt

Abstract Painting, 1961

157.5 x 157.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
LG 118
On permanent loan from the Adolf-Luther-Stiftung since 2013
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art, room 24


About the Work

A square canvas painted black. Ad Reinhardt's painting is one of his series of 'Abstract Paintings'. These are pictures from which the artist removed everything that painting had previously stood for, in order to arrive at total abstraction: no compositional tension, no brushwork, no colour, no narrative. Only by looking closely at the work will the eye perceive more underneath the black: namely that the area is subdivided into three rows each containing three squares of equal size - and that there is also a hint of colour which varies from work to work and makes its way towards the visible surface.

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