Franz Jozef Kline, Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (May 23, 1910 – May 13, 1962) As with Jackson Pollock,Clyfford Still and other Abstract Expressionists, he was labeled an “action painter” because of his seemingly spontaneous and intense style, focusing less, or not at all, on figures or imagery, but on the actual brush strokes and use of canvas. He would prepare many draft sketches – notably, commonly on refuse telephone book pages – before going to make his “spontaneous” work. Kline created paintings in the style of what he saw that day throughout his life. In 1950, he exhibited many works in this style at the Charles Egan Gallery.
Of his paintings with no coloration, Kline said: “People sometimes think I take a white canvas and paint a black sign on it, but this is not true. I paint the white as well as the black, and the white is just as important.”