Ad Reinhardt

1913-1967

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Quote, price and estimation of the artist Ad Reinhardt

Price of a painting: 13,500 – 1,700,000 €.

Estimate of a drawing: 3,600 – 65 800 €.

Estimation of a print: 260 – 2,100 €.

Price of a sculpture: 2,000 – 3,500 €.

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Ad Reinhardt, a committed university artist

Adolph Dietrich Friedrich Reinhardt is a twentieth-century American painter, theoretical author and critic. He was born on 24 December 1913 in Buffalo and died on 30 August 1967 in New York.

Ad Reinhardt studied art history at Columbia University in New York where he met several people who would later be recognised in the art world. Among them were Meyer Schapiro and Thomas Merton. He then went on to attend several major schools of painting, including the American Artists School, the National Academy of Design and the Institute of Fine Arts.

Adolph Reinhardt is also a professor at several universities, such as the University of San Francisco, the University of Wyoming and Yale University. He became a member of the “American Abstract Artists” and wrote several critical articles and satirical drawings to mock the art world.

Ad Reinhardt, controversial precursor of modern art

Throughout his career, Ad Reinhardt has distinguished himself by his taste for abstract art. He differentiated himself from the artists of his time by opposing surrealism and expressionism. In the course of his career, his interest in abstract art grew until he decided on the minimalist style.

Ad Reinhardt is considered one of the precursors of conceptual and minimal art. This practice consists in removing all superficial elements in order to define art only by concepts, ideas, and no longer by aesthetic properties.

In his paintings, Ad Reinhardt sets aside the figuration of characters, landscapes and any other element of reality. He obliges himself to remove all references to the outside world from his paintings.

After his death, Ad Reinhardt left several writings in which he expressed himself on his style of painting. Above all, he states that painting is at the beginning of an artistic revolution in which his works are part. Like many of his works, these memoirs were the subject of much controversy.

Ad Reinhardt and his commitment to abstract art

During the 1940s, Ad Reinhardt essentially reproduced geometric shapes on his canvases, as in “Number 22“. This painting is now on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

From the 1950s onwards, Ad Reinhardt was more interested in the colours than in the shapes of his paintings. He played with gradations and grouped colour nuances per canvas.

Finally, from the 1960s and until his death, his painting became darker and Ad Reinhardt abandoned coloured paint to use only black and its derivatives. During this time, he produced his most famous work “Ultimates Paintings“. This is a set of canvases, all of the same size and strength, painted tone on tone. Only the degree of black changes, so that you can barely see a motif.

Recognising Reinhardt ’s signature

Like many artists, Reinhardt did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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