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Regardless of his declining psychological state

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Regardless of his declining psychological state, he was competent enough to harness  his formidable, but debilitating, creative powers to complete a series of double-square  canvasses, a totally new format for him. These forty-by-twenty horizontal paintings were  his most daring landscapes yet, near-abstract masterpieces of kinetic brushwork and  radically distilled and simplified form. These empty, alien, almost apocalyptically bleak  vistas were meant "to express sadness and extreme loneliness" (L 649). Emotionally  potent and seemingly spontaneously executed, these final paintings force an encounter  of forceful immediacy upon the viewer, and their style is an incredibly prescient  prediction of Abstract Expressionism sixty years later. Paintings as sublime and stately  as the geometrically elemental  Wheat Field Under Clouded Sky,  the dark and brooding 
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  • Fall '11
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  • Wheat Field, totally new format, geometrically elemental Wheat, Tree Trunks stand, tristesse durera toujours

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