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Max Lebven
Blanc, Max Lebven 2015 Large Minimalist Abstract Mixed Media on Canvas Painting

2015

About

'Blanc' is a large minimalist abstract mixed media on canvas painting created by American artist Max Lebven in 2015. Featuring a bold palette mostly made of primary colors such as yellow, red, blue, orange, black and green, this vertical format shows the deep admiration Max has for Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein and Piet Mondrian. Our eye is immediately drawn to the center of the composition, adorned with a pure yellow. Max used negative space to separate the various sections of the painting. The grand simplicity of the clean lines and pure colors is however contrasted by the dark blue dots that enliven the lower section. Unframed, this acrylic and gel painting is signed lower right. The sides are left unpainted. With its large proportions and bold colors, this minimalist abstract painting will brighten up any wall beautifully, whether placed above a sofa, console table, enfilade or large bed. Max Lebven is an American born artist. His work is greatly influenced by the vibrant colors he grew up with in New England. People often ask Max Lebven “What was your motivation for that piece?” Lebven's guess is they’re expecting some deep philosophical discourse about how the piece is an homage to this person or a symbol of man’s struggle against that injustice or maybe a metaphysical expression of the dichotomy of life. The reality is, there’s none of that in Lebven's work. When Max approaches a canvas, it’s literally and figuratively a blank canvas. The truth is, he rarely begins a piece with an idea of what exactly it’s going to look like at the end. Although Lebven may have an idea of a stencil he wants to use or a mix of colors he would like to try, the reality is the piece reveals itself as he paints and the colors and strokes seem to beckon him as he goes along. Once Lebven gets started the work takes on a life of its own. At the end of the day, Lebven's motivation for his art is… Using colors and layers and lines to create something that strikes a chord with those who share his perspective, something that makes hearts smile and maybe skip a beat once in a while.

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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 48 in. x W 30 in. x D 1.38 in.

    H 121.92 cm x W 76.2 cm x D 3.51 cm

  • Gallery location
    Purchase, NY
  • Reference number
    LU42532613471

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