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Vir Heroicus Sublimis – the title is translated as Man, Heroic and Sublime – is one of Newman’s most well known works. The painting is massive in scale at almost 18 feet in length, and it consists of an almost entirely red canvas with several zips of yellow and darker/lighter red tones. Through the use of the color red, Newman evokes a strong reaction in the viewer, seeking to convey his thoughts about the human condition as evidenced by the title.

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