"Untitled" (1962)

"Untitled," 1962
Oil, gesso and charcoal on linen, 74 1/4 x 74 1/4 inches. Private Collection, New York. Photo by: Ellen Labenski
Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York

"White has a tendency to make things visible. With white, you can see more of a nuance; you can see more. I’ve said before that if you spill coffee on a white shirt, you can see the coffee very clearly. If you spill it on a dark shirt, you don’t see it as well. So it wasn’t a matter of white, the color. I was not really interested in that. I started to cover up colors with white in the 1950s."

- Robert Ryman