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Monochrome Artwork
Doing more with less

Artwork, especially painting, executed in a single color, or range of values associated with a single color. While many drawings or pen and ink artworks are technically monochrome, the term is usually applied to artwork where the restriction to a single color is intentional, and means something to the work. Popular with minimalists, obviously.

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1944-N No. 2, Clyfford Still

1944-N No. 2 Clyfford Still, 1944

A Boat and a Fish, Chang Ucchin

A Boat and a Fish Chang Ucchin, 1960

Abstract Painting, Ad Reinhardt

Abstract Painting Ad Reinhardt, 1966

Abstract Painting no. 4, Ad Reinhardt

Abstract Painting no. 4 Ad Reinhardt, 1961

Abstraction No. 4, Beauford Delaney

Abstraction No. 4 Beauford Delaney, 1965

African Theme III, Charles Alston

African Theme III Charles Alston, 1952 – 1953

Alalgura, My Country in Bloom, Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Alalgura, My Country in Bloom Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1992

Blue Clamp, Jim Dine

Blue Clamp Jim Dine, 1981

Closed Eyes, Odilon Redon

Closed Eyes Odilon Redon, 1889

Composition 16, Beauford Delaney

Composition 16 Beauford Delaney, 1954 – 1956

Composition in Gray (Rag-time), Theo van Doesburg

Composition in Gray (Rag-time) Theo van Doesburg, 1919

End of the Feast, Triptych Part 3, Biruta Baumane

End of the Feast, Triptych Part 3 Biruta Baumane, 1978

Fiori, Giorgio Morandi

Fiori Giorgio Morandi, 1929

Grand Central, Nemesio Antúnez

Grand Central Nemesio Antúnez, 1968

Gray Tree, Piet Mondrian

Gray Tree Piet Mondrian, 1911

Hammer Noises, Jim Dine

Hammer Noises Jim Dine, 1962

Harbor Number 1, Agnes Martin

Harbor Number 1 Agnes Martin, 1957

I Love the Whole World, Agnes Martin

I Love the Whole World Agnes Martin, 1999

Iberia, Robert Motherwell

Iberia Robert Motherwell, 1958

La Vie, Pablo Picasso

La Vie Pablo Picasso, 1903

Landscape, Arshile Gorky

Landscape Arshile Gorky, 1933

Marian Anderson, Beauford Delaney

Marian Anderson Beauford Delaney, 1965

Moses in the Bullrushes, Henry Ossawa Tanner

Moses in the Bullrushes Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1921

Number 107, Ad Reinhardt

Number 107 Ad Reinhardt, 1950

Orange Grove, Agnes Martin

Orange Grove Agnes Martin, 1965

Orange Red Relief, Ellsworth Kelly

Orange Red Relief Ellsworth Kelly, 1959

Quantum Wall (A gift for a prince), Jack Whitten

Quantum Wall (A gift for a prince) Jack Whitten, 2016

Return 1, Brice Marden

Return 1 Brice Marden, 1964 – 1965

Serenity, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis

Serenity Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, 1904 – 1905

Snow, Chang Ucchin

Snow Chang Ucchin, 1964

Solidity of Fog, Luigi Russolo

Solidity of Fog Luigi Russolo, 1912

Starlight, Agnes Martin

Starlight Agnes Martin, 1963

States of Mind III: Those Who Stay, Umberto Boccioni

States of Mind III: Those Who Stay Umberto Boccioni, 1911

The City, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva

The City Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, 1950 – 1951

The Moment (Egg), Agnes Martin

The Moment (Egg) Agnes Martin, 1963

The Thought, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis

The Thought Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, 1904 – 1905

Yellow Painting, Ad Reinhardt

Yellow Painting Ad Reinhardt, 1949

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Hinting at the human form

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