Untitled. Original color lithograph, 1973. Edition of 100 signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper.
Edo Murtić was a Croatian painter, graphic artist and theater scenographer. At first he created figurative art, but soon, after he traveled to America, he became known for his abstract paintings influenced by Jackson Pollock’s action paintings as well as Kline and de Kooning’s abstractions. In postmodernistic’s era Murtić started to create abstract landscapes and artworks with symbolic indications. His artworks are characterized with an aggressive use of colors, thick brush strokes and wide swings of a hand. The color was the fundamental constitutional element of his artistic creations and it released primal strength of his curious nature and free spirit. Confronting the verticals and horizontals with sharp, violent gestures, Murtić created rhythmic dynamic structures of colorful compositions. The lines, in this artwork, are the fruit of gestualism and actionism, which reaffirms the notions of art as expressing an internal impulse and not as a practical, operational manifestation of intellectual process and knowledge.