Vir Heroicus Sublimins
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With the monumental “Vir Heroicus Sublimins” (“Man, Heroic and Sublime”), Abstract Expressionist Barnett Newman answered his own question: “If we are living in a time without a legend that can be called sublime, how can we be creating sublime art?” Brimming with symbolic and spiritual connotations, the work suggests attaining a higher level of being. Atypical of Abstract Expressionists, Newman (1905 – 1970) utilized wide, uniform fields of intense red, grazed by slender lines he called “zips,” which may represent human figures within a void. Newman intended viewers to stand close to the massive painting to replicate the intimacy of an encounter with another person.
Barnett Newman (1905 – 1970) was an Abstract Expressionist whose artworks made profound statements and challenged artistic norms through minimal colors and shapes. A New York native, Newman was known for enormous works filled with vast, color-saturated fields bisected by vertical lines he called “zips.” Along with artistic luminaries Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell, he co-founded an art school in New York. Newman’s radical works, which were symbolic and spiritual, pushed Abstraction far beyond established norms, and initially provoked anger and confusion. Later in his career, Newman received deep respect from the art world and strongly influenced the color-field painters of the 1960s.
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