EDWARD CORBETT (1919-1971)

Edward Corbett was an abstract expressionist painter who studied alongside Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still at the California School of Fine Art in San Francisco. After his studies, he enlisted in the Army, but was discharged for medical reasons in 1943. He continued to draw throughout his time in the service, and after returning to San Francisco, he was invited to teach at his alma mater. During that time, he began to paint his famous Black Paintings. His work was shown as part of an exhibition titled “15 Americans” at the Museum of Modern Art. For that catalogue, he wrote the now famous line “I intend my work as poetry.”

Provincetown with White
ink and titanium pigment on paper
13 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.