Canvas painted blue with a white line sells for nearly $44 million

Sunday, December 29, 2013 |
“Onement VI” from abstract expressionist painter Barnett Newman sold on Tuesday at a Sotheby’s auction for 43.8 million dollars.

Below you can see a couple of people experiencing how — as Sotheby’s describes it —

Newman overwhelms and seduces the viewer with the totality of its sensual, cascading washes of vibrant blue coexisting with Newman’s vertical “Sign” of the human presence, his iconic and revolutionary “zip.”
Newman painted this 8.5′ x 10′ masterpiece in 1953. Here he is with it in his studio in 1961…

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