Yellow Edge, c. 1968
acrylic on canvas
238.4 x 193.2 cm
Gift of Annalee Newman, New York, 1990
National Gallery of Canada (no. 35591)
© The Barnett Newman Foundation, New York / SODRAC, Montreal (2013)
Barnett Newman finished this painting about two years before his death in 1970, however it was never shown during his lifetime. Posthumously titled by his widow, Annalee Newman, she gave it to the National Gallery of Canada in recognition of the support shown for her husband’s work. It is an unusual painting for Newman given the dense black ground that covers most of the surface and as it is conjoined at the right edge by a bright yellow band rather than cut vertically by a “zip.” Newman may have based it on his earlier Euclidean Abyss (1946–47), a black monochrome painting with a similarly vibrant, though white, band.