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Franz Kline, born May 23, 1910, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He took art classes at the Boston University Art Students League from 1931 to 1935. In 1935 he went to Heatherley’s Art School from 1936 to 1938 in London England. He settled down in New York in 1939. During the 1930s and 1940s, Kline painted cityscapes and landscapes of the coal-mining district where he was raised as well as commissioned murals and portraits.

At this time, he received awards in several National Academy of Design Annuals. In 1943, Kline met Willem de Kooning at Conrad Marca-Relli’s studio and within the next few years also met Jackson Pollock. Kline’s interest in Japanese art began at this time. His mature abstract style, developed in the late 1940s, is characterized by bold gestural strokes of fast-drying black and white enamel. Jackson Pollock would emmulate much of his gestural style in his own works.

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