"Initial" (1989)

"Initial," 1989
Oil on gator board with wood, 23 3/4 x 23 inches. Private Collection, New York
Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York

"’Initial’ (1989) is a relatively small painting on a thin panel. I had it sitting on a large easel in my studio and, to keep the panel off the bottom of the easel, I put two little wood pegs on the painting to lift it. I painted it and I kept seeing the little pegs of wood, and somehow the wood seemed to be part of the painting. So when I attached it to the wall, I put the two pegs underneath- slightly off angle. They weren’t exactly straight under the panel. So the pegs became an element of the painting, and the painting was glued to the wall along with the pegs."

- Robert Ryman