What painting is this?
May 20, 2007 5:30 AM   Subscribe

Can someone please identify this painting? It's bugging me. Thanks.
posted by Superfrankenstein to Media & Arts (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My instincts say Kandinsky, but I can't back that up.
Hope to be back with evidence.
posted by Grensgeval at 6:19 AM on May 20, 2007

I second the Kandinsky.
posted by spicynuts at 6:42 AM on May 20, 2007

thirding kandinsky, but i just did a google image search and didn't see it.

thought it might be a miro, but the colors aren't typical for him.
posted by thinkingwoman at 6:48 AM on May 20, 2007

I don't think this is Kandinsky's work. His work is very busy and uses a lot more color. I think there is too much white space for this to be Kandinsky. Beyond that, I have checked many sites that carry Kandinsky's work and could not locate it.

Superfrankenstein, can you give us any more information about this picture. Where did you find it? The website that the picture is hosted at does not seem to have any active pages. Did you find it in an image search or on somebodies site? Any information may be helpful.
posted by dnthomps at 6:52 AM on May 20, 2007

It's not a Kandinsky.

It's signed to the bottom right, but I can't read it on that low res.
posted by DangerIsMyMiddleName at 6:54 AM on May 20, 2007

Gosh guys I'd suggest a de Kooning; this image seems less busy than most Kandinsky's, and lacks his signature elements (military references for example).
posted by Mutant at 6:56 AM on May 20, 2007

Also de Kooning tended to work from white canvas', applying colour as he went. Some of the luminosity suggests this approach.
posted by Mutant at 6:58 AM on May 20, 2007

Good spot, DangerIsMyMiddleName. A bigger picture would solve it most definitely.

I was struck by the similarity in shape, more than colour, with http://www.abcgallery.com/K/kandinsky/kandinsky26.html
Hence my immediate linking of the two.

But I too, haven't found a match in any Kandinsky-catalogue I looked through.
posted by Grensgeval at 7:40 AM on May 20, 2007

It is not Kandinskey. De kooning seems closer but the softness of the edges simple value grouping make me think its not him.

Curtis Verdun, who I just found by googling "abstract" and looking for similar work, seems a likely candidate to me though I can't find this exact piece associated with him.
posted by subtle_squid at 7:46 AM on May 20, 2007

The red fields remind me of Theodoros Stamos. But it's not him either.
posted by DangerIsMyMiddleName at 7:56 AM on May 20, 2007

I blew the signature up and put it here in case anybody thinks they know who it might be. Once we get a name, we should be able to tell if it matches what the signature looks like.

To me, it looks like the first letter of the first name and then the last name. Either the last name is really short (3 - 5 letters) or it is scribbled of into nothing. I would have to get that the first letter in the signature is either an 'R', an 'H', or possibly an 'L'. I could be totally wrong on that though. As for the second letter, which I think is the first letter of the last name, I think it is an 'A'.

Anybody see anything else?
posted by dnthomps at 8:00 AM on May 20, 2007

Response by poster: I wish I could tell you where I found it, but it's been a few years and I have no idea.
posted by Superfrankenstein at 9:49 AM on May 20, 2007

Is there a reason to believe it was done by someone famous? It's certainly not demonstrating any advanced technique.
posted by ikkyu2 at 10:49 AM on May 20, 2007

My first thought was Paul Klee.

Sig ends in c k though.
posted by klangklangston at 10:52 AM on May 20, 2007

Leaning towards De kooning mayyybe Karel Appel in his later years, or one of those COBRA dudes?

No way its kandinsky though.
posted by Max Power at 3:36 PM on May 20, 2007

Response by poster: Is there a reason to believe it was done by someone famous?

Good question. I downloaded a few years ago from a site full of paintings by famous people. I wish I remembered anything else at all about it, but I don't. And I really appreciate the trouble you're all taking.
posted by Superfrankenstein at 4:48 PM on May 20, 2007

Hard to say, but my three best guesses are that it might be by Naram, Jintara, or possibly Renee.
posted by Flunkie at 7:49 PM on May 20, 2007

I'm an artist, and quite familiar with Klee, Kandinsky and de Kooning's body of work -- and I'd have to say the overall feel of your example painting doesn't correspond to any of the work from those three masters.

This is a painting from a lesser known artist. From more contemporary time frame (the 80s?). Who, exactly, painted it -- I can't say. But I'm near positive it's not one of the first three mentioned.
posted by zenpop at 9:30 PM on May 20, 2007

What's up with the spot in the middle, at the top? Is it layers of paint?

It also looks like there was some spray-paint used (nothing wrong with that) which also suggests 80's.

I'm with zenpop on it being recent, also it being 'lesser known.'

Is it on board (wood or paper)? And can you get us a better picture of the signature?

It's a nice painting just as it is. More details, maybe the source could be sussed out, but just as an image it's a little tough.
posted by From Bklyn at 3:06 AM on May 21, 2007

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