"Untitled" (1962)

"Untitled," 1962
Oil on linen, 63 x 63 inches. Photo by: Gordon Riley Christmas
Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York

"Bebop is swing- a more advanced development of swing. It’s like Bach. You have a chord structure and you can develop that in many ways. You can play written compositions and improvise off of those. So you learn your instrument and then you play within a structure. It seemed logical to begin painting that way. I wasn’t interested in painting a narrative or telling a story with a painting. Right from the beginning, I felt that I could do that if I wanted to but that it wouldn’t be of much interest to me."

- Robert Ryman