Inscribed in pencil verso, u.l.: Augusta, Georgia, 1935; Inscribed verso in black ink, u.r.: 20. inscribed in pencil verso, l.l.: a. Inscribed in pencil, verso, l.r.: WE 217; Stamped and numbered in pencil, right center: Walker Evans/X (in box) 59 (in box)
Abstract painting in muted colors with shades of blacks, browns, and white. The composition consists of bold diagonal lines and blocks of black, brown, and white.
Soulages’ use of bold, gestural strokes resulted in comparisons to Abstract Expressionism; however, Soulages’ work, while appearing spontaneous, was actually the culmination of concentrated and deliberate layering, often over a period of several months.