Set against a background of flat, saturated color, organic and biomorphic forms balance atop each other.

Charles Biederman

American, 1906–2004

Abstraction, 1935

Oil on canvas

42 x 31 1/4 inches

Signed and dated upper left

Abstraction was completed during Biederman’s transformative years in New York when his style shifted towards abstraction. The composition is void of any narrative or recognizable imagery, and perfectly illustrates the artists’ philosophy espoused during the mid-1930s. Set against a background of flat, saturated color, organic and biomorphic forms balance atop each other. These objects are rendered with depth and volume, in a style that evokes early Surrealist paintings of Picasso and Miró and Leger’s illusion of three-dimensionality.

Set against a background of flat, saturated color, organic and biomorphic forms balance atop each other.