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5.0 out of 5 stars Franz Kline., 27 April 2014
J. Mcdonald "Yelochre" (Glasgow, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Franz Kline: The Vital Gesture (Hardcover)
Harry F. Gaugh`s book has been the only widely available full monograph on Kline for many years and very often market sellers have offered it at a ridiculously high price.

Fortunately, Gaugh`s survey is a very good one, covering Kline`s entire output; it`s quite important to realise that he - one of the most important and influential Abstract Expressionists - had already achieved a measure of success and recognition as a figurative artist and that he didn't just make his name with his later output.
The book contains 170 illustrations, 70 in colour. Many publications tend to use black and white photographs of his distinctive "black and white" abstracts, but these paintings were often subtly nuanced by tints or trace colours, the colour of the canvas, or the deliberate addition of a blue or yellow. The reproductions are, on the whole very good, but a sense of scale is often lost with small reproductions of large works.
The book still provides a good visual reference despite this slight failing; there are plenty of good-sized plates throughout the book.

At time of writing, this has just been given another print run and although it hasn't been updated the price has come down to at least the publisher's true asking price, so you may like to consider that. There are no real (affordable) alternative reference books to compete with this; it remains the best illustrated source for Kline`s paintings to date - unless you are willing to spend an astronomical amount on the 2004 survey published by Skira - certainly a good volume, but not at 700+.
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Franz Kline: The Vital Gesture by Harry F. Gaugh (Hardcover - 28 April 1994)
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