Black Cross

Maker and role
Artist: Wojciech Fangor, American, born Poland, 1922-2015
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Object detail

Oil on canvas
52 1/2 x 33 1/4in (133.4 x 84.5cm)
Credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Gesick in memory of Tom Slick
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Further information
Black Cross, the painting's title, identifies the depicted shape, which resembles a capital letter X rather than the Christian symbol. As in other Wojciech Fangor works, this blurred shape appears to hover above the surface of the canvas, an effect created by applications of equally intense light and dark paint, as well as a dot-patterned shadow surrounding the form. Black Cross exemplifies Fangor's frequent use of a simple form, capitalizing on its dramatic potential.
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 212
Tom Slick: International Art Collector; William J. Chiego; 2009; p. 36-37
Wojciech Fangor: Color and Space; Magdalena Dabrowski; 2018; p. 73; no. 61
Signature & date
Signed verso: Fangor
Dated verso: 1962
Inscribed verso: Black Cross
Subject period
Docent information sheet
V:\Object Documentation\Paintings\1977.15 Fangor\Fangor Color and Space 2018.pdf


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