Throughout her long and historic career, Mala Breuer’s paintings have been rooted in the tradition of Abstract Expressionism, the era in which she created her seminal works. Breuer was a student of Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko, leading figures in the first generation of Ab Ex painters in New York City in the 1940s. Their artistic influence is evident in the arc of Breuer's creative output from late 60s and early 70s, when she was staining large canvases with water-thinned washes of acrylic paint onto large, wet stretched canvases, a la Helen Franthaler and the Stain Painters.
Her style shifted toward the exploration of symmetrical works, as she began to place strips of colors near the edges of her paintings, involving the edges as a part of the compositional whole. Single stains and blots of solid color dominated her paintings during that time. It is many of these works of art that are featured in our exhibition Radiant Hues. Breuer is now 89 years old and lives in New Mexico, though she no longer paints.
SHOWN:4.68 (blue, yellow), 1968, poured acrylic, 34x35.75"
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