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Franz Kline, Chief

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Franz Kline
(American, 1910-1962)
Chief
1950

Although Kline’s black and white brushstrokes suggest spontaneity, Kline seldom worked that way. He made drawings and small studies for most of these large-scale paintings. He also used a projector to magnify parts of sketches of objects to the point of abstraction, which he would then reproduce as large paintings. "Chief" was the name of a locomotive Kline remembered from his childhood, when he had loved the railway. Many viewers see machinery in Kline's images, but Kline claimed to paint "not what I see but the feelings aroused in me by that looking."

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Franz Kline

“I paint not the things I see but the feelings they arouse in me.” – Franz Kline

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