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Work Type: 
paintings (visual works)
Title Notes: 
no title
Coulee Dam, Washington
Creation Date: 
Work Creator Name: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Display Measurement: 
28 x 34 inches (71.1 x 86.4 cm)
Work Material Name: 
oil paint (paint)
Work Material Support Name: 
Work Technique Name: 
palette knives (painting equipment)
Work Style Period: 
Regionalist (American Scene)
Current Work Location Name: 
Clyfford Still Museum
Creation Location: 
Nespelem, Washington
Work Description: 
This painting depicts the construction of Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River west of Spokane, Washington and near the town of Nespelem, where Still spent his summers in 1936 and 1937. The composition is dominated by cool blues, greens and purples, with the dam on the left and the river continuing down across the canvas below center off to the right. Two figures are shown in the bottom left of the work, overlooking the construction site below them and the landscape beyond. A road is visible zig-zagging down the hills in the distance, on which multiple cars and trucks travel to and from the site. A boat can be seen on the river below near the far shoreline. Still's handling of the paint on the hills in the background recalls Cezanne's "Mont Saints-Victoire" painting series, in which small geometric areas of paint are organized to flatten the picture plane and emphasize the work's two-dimensionality.
Clyfford Still, PH-624 (Coulee Dam, Washington), 1936. Oil on canvas, 28 x 34 inches (71.1 x 86.4 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