"Series #17 (White)" (2003)

"Series #17 (White)," 2003
Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches. Private Collection, France
Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York

"The square? I began with that in the 1950s. The square has always just been an equal-sided space that I could work with. Somehow it’s become so natural to me that I just don’t think of it any other way. It doesn’t have the feeling of a landscape or some kind of window or doorway that we usually associate with rectangles. It’s just a very neutral kind of space, and it seems to feel right to me because of my approach to painting."

- Robert Ryman