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Work Type: 
paintings (visual works)
Title Notes: 
no title
1949-No. 1
Creation Date: 
Work Creator Name: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Display Measurement: 
105 1/2 x 81 inches (268 x 205.7 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 1949
Work Inscription Author: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Relation: 
First version of PH-338, 1949 (private collection)
Work Description: 
Still's classic "turkey" red pigment fills the canvas in this monumental, classic Abstract Expressionist work. A thick, irregularly-shaped maroon band of color runs from the right lower edge horizontally across to the left edge before swirling up and slightly towards the right again before dissipating near the top edge. Fiery black forms dance within the maroon passage, starting out larger at the work's bottom center and shrinking in size as they rise. Tiny flashes of orange, yellow and white are scattered over the black forms infusing them with dynamism and an intangible life-force. A gray dagger-shaped form with a cobalt center juts into the scene from the upper left edge and is also surrounded by maroon paint. The cobalt blue is echoed by barely perceivable strokes of pigment within the various black forms.
Clyfford Still, PH-385, 1949. Oil on canvas, 105 1/2 x 81 inches (268 x 205.7 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