Bar Decoration I, 1963–64
Oil on canvas
51 x 73 inches
Signed, titled and dated on the verso
Tworkov was a founding member of the New York School and is considered among the group of influential artists—including Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Jackson Pollock, and Franz Kline—whose gestural paintings of the 1950s formed the basis for the abstract expressionist movement in America. Among the most vibrant of Tworkov’s mature abstractions, Bar Decoration I presents a near flawless balance of countervailing forces.
Tworkov was best known for the fiery expressionism of his canvases from the late 1950s and early 60s. Most of his greatest large abstract canvases from these years can only be found in museum collections.