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UNIQUE ID: 
1.2011.629
Work Type: 
painting
Title: 
PH-314
Title: 
The Spectre and the Perroquet
Creation Date: 
1945
Work Creator Name: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Display Measurement: 
62 1/2 x 45 1/2 in. (158.8 x 115.6 cm)
Work Material Name: 
oil paint
Work Material Support Name: 
canvas
Current Work Location Name: 
Clyfford Still Museum
Creation Location: 
Perry St., New York, New York
Creation Location: 
New York, New York
Work Inscription: 
Clyfford 45
Work Inscription: 
62 1/2 x 46 1945 [illegible signatures scribbled out] P-314 2 [circled]
Work Inscription: 
Peg Guggenheim Art of this Century 1945 Clyfford 45
Work Inscription Author: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Inscription Author: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Inscription Author: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Relation: 
1.2011.660.1
Work Relation: 
CPSA.SB007.B001.F016.001
Work Relation: 
CPSA.SB007.B001.F016.002
Work Relation: 
CPSA.SB007.B001.F017.001
Work Relation: 
CPSA.SB007.B001.F018.001
Work Relation: 
CPSA.SB007.B001.F029.001
Work Relation: 
CPSA.SB007.B001.F029.002
Work Relation: 
CPSA.SB007.B001.F029.003
Work Description: 
Formerly referred to as "The Spectre and the Perroquet," this composition undoubtedly embodies a narrative quality. Simplified, organic shapes are thoughtfully composed against a black background. A brown mound-shaped form enters the scene and dominates the bottom left corner. A vertical white form rises through the brown near the left edge, growing in width as it rises until it ends in a undulating mass at left center. A thin blue scythe-shaped form also rises from the brown section in the lower left corner, through the white mass, and curves sharply to the right near the top left corner. Three long flowing yellow strokes fall from this shapes top left edge. Another white form floats amidst the black background at the top right, and assumes the shape of a head in profile with two tiny black eyes near its top, a mouth, and a thinly painted yellow halo surrounding its apex. A yellow tail-like form trails from this forms lowermost section. A strange crimson vertical form is situated at the bottom center and rises almost to the center of the work, dividing the earthly left half from the celestial, otherworldly right half of the composition.
Citation: 
Clyfford Still, PH-314, 1945. Oil on canvas, 62 1/2 x 45 1/2 inches (158.8 x 115.6 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