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Work Type: 
paintings (visual works)
Title Notes: 
no title
Creation Date: 
Work Creator Name: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Display Measurement: 
48 x 39 1/4 inches (121.9 x 99.7 cm)
Work Material Name: 
oil paint (paint)
Work Material Support Name: 
Work Technique Name: 
palette knives (painting equipment)
Work Style Period: 
Abstract Expressionist
Current Work Location Name: 
Clyfford Still Museum
Creation Location: 
San Francisco, California
Work Inscription: 
Clyfford 1948
Work Inscription Author: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Description: 
Though this painting is covered almost entirely in black and dark brown/almost black pigment, its varied surface reflectance creates an incredible sense of depth and spatial interplay. An irregular crimson shape breaks through the darkness into the scene at the top left edge, and seems to reach for a tiny golden dash floating amidst the dark background at top left. Dark brown and black vertical striations running across the composition have been covered in varnish so that they stand out from the rest of the dark field. The consequent imagery recalls leggy vegetation or bark patterns.
Clyfford Still, PH-120, 1948. Oil on canvas, 48 x 39 1/4 inches (121.9 x 99.7 cm). Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO.
Work Rights Statement: 
© City and County of Denver / ARS, NY
Image Holding Institution: 
Clyfford Still Museum
Image Collection Name: 
CSM Art Collection: Objects
Image Rights Statement: 
Photo: Gary Regester, courtesy the Clyfford Still Museum