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May 14: Audubon & Kline

John James Audubon – “Virginia Partridge” 1825 Wikipedia

I’ve tended not to take Audubon’s bird illustrations seriously, but lately—at last—I’ve begun to appreciate both his sense of drama and the abstract power of his designs. So like Kline. Not just an illustrator, not at all.

Franz Kline – untitled drawing c.5 x 4″ 1950 the Metropolitan Museum of Art