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Barnett Newman was an important figure in the abstract expressionist movement; he was a leading “color field” painter as well. Newman’s paintings are existential in nature, as he wanted to give the viewer a sense of his place and scale, as well as his individuality and connection to other human beings. He was known for his use of “zips,” which are narrow, vertical bands of color that are used to simultaneously unite and divide the compositional space of a painting.

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