Norman Lewis Phantasy II September 23, 1946

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After beginning his career as a figurative painter, in 1946 Lewis announced that he wanted to break away from what he called “stagnation in too much tradition.” The art and writings of the Russian painter Vasily Kandinsky (1866–1944), one of the first modern artists to create abstract paintings, were one inspiration. Like his New York peers of this period, Lewis was deeply interested in music, which influenced the painting of Phantasy II. Lewis’s boldly colored lines and forms are akin to the improvisational structures of jazz.

Gallery label from "Collection 1940s—1970s", 2019
Oil on canvas
28 1/8 x 35 7/8" (71.4 x 91.2 cm)
Gift of The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art
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© 2024 Estate of Norman Lewis; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY
Painting and Sculpture

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