- Franz Kline
- Night Figure I
- ink and oil on paper
- 11 1/4 by 8 1/2 in. 28.6 by 21.6 cm.
- Executed in 1959.
Acquired by the present owner from the above in March 1960
While their earliest acquisition was most likely an Albers Homage to the Square, their most memorable belonged to the two Wesselmann works, the Little Great American Nudes, lots 272 and 273. Introduced to the artist personally, and most likely through Karp, they were immediately captivated by the vibrancy of his work. As they liked to recount later, they paid the $125 for each work in several installments, and on the final check Wesselmann wrote “Thanks” alongside his endorsement.
The Englanders truly embodied the spirit of true collectors; even when they had long finished buying, they never stopped looking, learning and absorbing. Not only did Alan speak often of simply walking around their small apartment deriving joy from the objects contained therein, but the couple often spent their leisure time going to museums and galleries. Well into their early 80s, a perfect Sunday was comprised of a coffee, a bagel and a long stroll through the Met simply taking in whatever interested them in that moment.