Image: Abstract Expression
(Bratslav, Ukraine, 1917 - 2004, New York, NY)

Abstract Expression , 1959

Oil on linen
78 1/8 in. x 53 in. (198.44 cm x 134.62 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Mary S. Huhn, Mrs. Dorothy S. Steinberg, and Mr. John F. Seiberling, Jr. in memory of their father, Mr. J. Frederick Seiberling
1964.14
A member of the New York School of Abstract Expressionist painters—a group that valued spontaneous, gestural painting that was intended to reflect the artist’s psyche—Milton Resnick toiled in obscurity for years unlike celebrated counterparts including Jackson Pollock Mark Rothko. Resnick’s use of color gives Abstract Expression—with an emphasis on dynamic, energetic brushstrokes—a fresh, even joyful presence. His application of paint—thin and watery in some areas and thicker and belabored in others—demonstrates his interest in exploiting its physical properties. The lyrical passages of color and shimmering overall effect are reminiscent of the French Impressionists, especially Claude Monet. Resnick once claimed, perhaps unconvincingly, “I am not the follower of Monet [and] I am not an Abstract Expressionist.”
  
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