NORMAN BLUHM (1921-1999)
Black and Red195348 x 32 in. oil on canvas
ProvenanceMr. Sam Francis, Los Angeles, California, acquired from the artist
Estate of Sam Francis, Los Angeles, California
Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Private Collection, Houston, Texas
DescriptionNorman Bluhm's Black and Red (1953), first owned by fellow artist Sam Francis, is an explosive drip painting that characterizes the artist’s style in the late 1950s. Bluhm's process and resulting work epitomizes the category of Abstract Expressionist painters that earned the moniker "action" painters. The energy and passion present in Bluhm’s work was likely fueled by his experience fighting in World War II. The intensity of his paintings from the decade following the war is one reason why Bluhm’s work from the 1950s are some of the most highly sought-after. The top ten prices for the artist at auction are held by paintings from this era.