"Untitled" (1958)

"Untitled," 1958
Casein, colored and charcoal pencil on manila paper, 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches. Private Collection, New York. Photo by: Ellen Page Wilson.
Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York

"My approach to painting is pragmatic. I work with different materials and I generally do a lot of tests before I do paintings- tests on paints to see which is the best to use on a certain material and how it’s going to hold up; how the fastenings are going to work; how the light is going to work. My approach tends to be from experiments. I need the challenge. If I know how to do something well, there’s no need to do it all the time because it becomes a little monotonous. So I like to find a challenge."

- Robert Ryman