Norman Bluhm belongs to the second generation of Abstract Expressionist painters who, during the 1950s, developed a gestural abstraction based on the innovations of Pollock and de Kooning. Extending Pollock's dripping and splashing technique, and influenced by Monet's late water lilies, Bluhm investigated the expressive possibilities of rivulets of paint running down the canvas. This typical drawing rests on a balance between such delicate, vertical rivulets of ink and energetic brushstrokes applied in different directions.
Ink on paper.
22 x 16 1/2 inches (55.9 x 41.9 cm)
Gift of Whitney B. Armstrong in honor of Charles E. Pierce, Jr.
Vincent Melzac Collection, Washington, DC; Joan Washburn Gallery, New York; Whitney B. Armstrong, New York.