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Franz Kline in Coal Country
  • ISBN: 9781634991018
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Franz Kline in Coal Country

Franz Kline, one of the most celebrated painters of the twentieth century, once described his hometown as a "little Dutch settlement wrapped up in a cloud of coal dirt ... " He was referring to Lehighton, Pennsylvania, a railroad town nestled amid mountains rich with quartz and anthracite coal. And like the mineral deposits, Kline's later "action paintings" are infused with energy. The black-and-white lines command the kind of tension that transforms coal into diamonds, and single works have sold for over forty million dollars.

Franz Kline in Coal Country is the first biography to examine Kline's formative years in Lehighton, Philadelphia, Boston, and London, before he became a founding member of the New York School, the ragtag group who stole the art world away from Paris after WWII.

This book, according to Kline's sister, Dr. Louise Kline-Kelly, sets the record straight in more than one place. Compiled over three decades, Franz Kline in Coal Country also contains over 100 of his earliest drawings, cartoons, letters, photos, paintings, and linoleum-block prints. Most of these little-known works, rescued from the attics and scrapbooks of friends, appear here for the first time.


Rebecca Rabenold Finsel Is the author of A Postcard History of Carbon County (Arcadia). She has over two decades of journalistic experience, writing, and photography. Mrs. Finsel began researching Kline in 1986, and she continues to lecture on Kline.

Joel Randolph Finsel, Rebecca's middle son, is the author of Cocktails & Conversations from the Astral Plane. He has written for The Oxford American, Palaver, SALT, and many other publications. Joel lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he conducts research for special projects at the University of North Carolina. He is currently working on a book about the medicinal history of cocktails.

ISBN: 9781634991018
Publisher: America Through Time
Date: 02/25/2019
Pages: 224
State: Pennsylvania
Images: 209 Color
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9 (h)