Series # 1 (White)


Oil on canvas

213.4 x 213.4 cm

In Series #1 (White), white paint is applied all over the canvas up to its edges. Narrow strips on the edges show a subtle, light blue backdrop that heightens the brightness of the white. Both dense and transparent, deep and light, the white radiates and is the main subject of this painting of over two meters by two meters.

The first of the White Paintings series initiated by Robert Ryman in 2004, Series # 1 (White) is powerfully evocative, but also it proposes an XXX definition of painting. “It's a challenge for me to use paint and make something happen with it without having to be involved in reds, greens and everything which would confuse things. I don’t think of myself as making white paintings. I make paintings; I'm a painter.”

Held in the Pinault Collection, this painting by Robert Ryman was first shown in 2006 at the Where Are We Going? exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, in Venice.