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Definition: Newman, Barnett from Philip's Encyclopedia

US painter, associated with abstract expressionism. He developed a distinctive kind of mystical abstraction, expressed in its earliest form in Onement (1948). This painting consists of a single tone of dark red with a narrow stripe of lighter red running vertically across the middle. With Mark Rothko, Newman pioneered monochromatic colour field painting and the use of huge canvases.


Summary Article: Newman, Barnett
From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(born Jan. 29, 1905, New York, N.Y., U.S.—died July 3, 1970, New York City) U.S. painter. Born to Polish immigrant parents, he studied at the Art Students League and City College. With Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko, he cofounded the school called “Subject of the Artist” (1948), which held open sessions and lectures for other artists. He developed a style of mystical abstraction and achieved his breakthrough with Onement I (1948), in which a single stripe (or “zip”) of orange vertically bisects a field of dark red. This austerely geometric style became his trademark and had a great influence on artists such as Ad Reinhardt and Frank Stella.

Birth Place: New York City, New York, United States

Death Place: New York City, New York, United States

Name: Newman, Barnett or Barnett Newman

Gender: male

Nationality: American

Activity: American artist

Keywords: American, Newman, Barnett, Barnett Newman, New York City, painting, Abstract Expressionism, New York

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