"Untitled" (1959)

"Untitled," 1959
Oil paint on unstretched raw cotton canvas, 7 x 7 1/4 inches. Private Collection, Switzerland. Photo by: Ellen Page Wilson
Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York

"Music is an abstract medium, and I thought painting should also just be what it’s about and not about other things- not about stories or symbolism. I don’t think of my painting as abstract because I don’t abstract from anything. It’s involved with real visual aspects of what you are looking at- whether wood, paint, or metal- how it’s put together, how it looks on the wall and works with the light. I use real light, so there’s not an illusion of light. It’s a real experience. The lines are real. You see real shadow. The wall is involved with the painting."

- Robert Ryman