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Work Type: 
paintings (visual works)
Title Notes: 
no title
Creation Date: 
Work Creator Name: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Display Measurement: 
53 x 27 inches (132.6 x 68.6 cm)
Work Material Name: 
oil paint (paint)
Work Material Support Name: 
Work Technique Name: 
palette knives (painting equipment)
Work Style Period: 
Work Style Period: 
Abstract Expressionist
Current Work Location Name: 
Clyfford Still Museum
Creation Location: 
San Francisco, California
Work Description: 
The warm and generative quality of black, combined with the brown outline of the canvas gives the work an organic, lifelike quality. Still left three portions of the canvas untouched, providing an outline shaping particular vertical forms. The left shape almost appears avian, with a thin black vertical shape, gradually expanding in the middle, and finally tapering at the head. Additional flashes of red, indigo, and purple appear at the top. The middle form is a simple yellow vertical lifeline smoothly zig-zagging through the center of the work. The vertical black form emerging from the top right of the work reifies the key role that verticality played in Still's works.
Clyfford Still, PH-302, 1946. Oil on canvas, 53 x 27 inches (132.6 x 68.6 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