Red, Yellow, Blue Painting
In 1964, Brice Marden developed a technique of mixing melted beeswax with oil paint in order to reduce the shine of the paint and to increase the tactility of the painted surface. Marden brushed on the mixture and then smoothed it with a spatula and a knife, building up layers to create a dense surface that both absorbs and reflects light. First drawing on a subtle palette of gray and muted tones, and later on stronger richer colors and multi-panel combinations, he established his artistic reputation with this technique. He likened his triptych beeswax paintings, including Red, Yellow, Blue Painting, to musical chords.
Brice Marden (b. 1938, Bronxville, New York; lives and works in New York)
Red, Yellow, Blue Painting, 1974
Oil and beeswax on fabric
74 x 72 in.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
The Barry Lowen Collection