As a drafter and illustrator, Franz Kline started out with the simplistic drawing style. He gradually turned to abstraction. He had a very painterly style in the beginning, with recognizable subjects. But he always seemed to have an affinity for large brushstrokes.
Inspired by his coal-mining hometown in Eastern Pennsylvania, his abstract, symbolic style had more black lines. He painted landmarks that were so abstracted, people could only recognize by their title.
Then he changed to painting exclusively in black and white, only bringing back color in trace amounts right before he died.
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