Study for Watergame is representative of Tworkov’s major and mature paintings of the 1950s, with its energetic gestural brushstrokes in flaming reds and oranges. These colors electrify the canvas through brilliant pigments and resulting textures. They are lyrical, almost tactile in their abstractions. A notable intellectual Tworkov was one of the great vocal proponents of abstraction and an avid supporter of experimental art across different disciplines. Often described as the “painter’s painter” Tworkov has succeeded in melding in this picture raw power, exquisite colors, and a line indicative of his superior drawing skills that creates an overall energy that remains under the control of this talented artist.
Private Collection, Los Angeles
Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles
Private Collection, New York, acquired from the above in 2016