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Edo Murtić (Croatian, 1921-2004), Untitled, 1978, gouache on paper, signed and dated

Edo Murtić (Croatian, 1921-2004), Untitled, 1978, gouache on paper, signed and dated

Item Description:

Signed and dated in pencil "Murtić‡ 78" lower right, matted, framed and glazed


Sheet with soft rippling in the frame. Please contact for specific condition questions. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


Purchased directly from the artist by the parents of the current owner, who were friends with the artist. Inherited by descent ca. 1980s


Sight: Height 11 in. x Width 26.5 in.

Frame: Height 29 in. x Width 39 in.

About The Artist:

Edo Murtić (1921-2005) was a Croatian artist. He lived in New York City after the end of World War II and participated in the rise of the Abstract Expressionist movement in the late 1940s. This loosely organized artistic movement, also known as "The New York School", used abstraction to convey strong emotional or expressive content. Abstract Expressionist artworks were often unpremeditated, apparently random compositions that were ruled by the artist's subconscious. This movement was an important break from representative painting and marked the beginning of New York City's development as the center of the western art world. Important Abstract Expressionists include Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Lee Krasner, and Mark Rothko. According to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the art critic Robert Coates first coined this term in an essay on the paintings of Hans Hoffman published in the magazine 'The New Yorker' in 1946.

After returning to Europe in the 1950s, Murtić became the pioneer of the Tachisme style in Yugoslavia, the European counterpart to the American Abstract Expressionist movement. The name for this movement derives from the French word "tache", meaning "a stain or splash", referring to the loose brushstrokes and intentional drips of paint in these abstract paintings.

In 1958, Murtić participated in the three most important events in the international Contemporary art world: Italy's Venice Biennale, the Carnegie Prize in Pittsburgh, and Documenta in Kassel, Germany. The artist finally settled in Zagreb, Croatia, where he lived until his death in 2005. Murtić's work in included in the collections of venerable museums around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Tate Gallery, London. As of May, 2015, the highest price paid at auction for a work by Murtić was "Composition" (1962), oil on canvas that sold for $40,000 at Il Ponte Casa D'Aste, in Milan, Italy, 2008.

In this 1978 untitled work, Murtic juxtaposes balance with chaos. Through the center of his support, Murtić paints a thick, bold black arch that works to stabilize the composition. To upend this, Murtić adds spills and splatters of paint over the predictable arch. The arch becomes interrupted by small splatters but remains visible from each edge of the paper.


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Edo Murtić (Croatian, 1921-2004), Untitled, 1978, gouache on paper, signed and dated

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