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Work Type: 
paintings (visual works)
Title Notes: 
no title
1942-No. 2
Creation Date: 
Work Creator Name: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Display Measurement: 
64 1/2 x 34 inches (163.8 x 86.4 cm)
Work Material Name: 
oil paint (paint)
Work Material Support Name: 
Work Technique Name: 
palette knives (painting equipment)
Current Work Location Name: 
Clyfford Still Museum
Creation Location: 
Oakland, California
Work Inscription: 
Clyfford 1942
Work Inscription Author: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Relation: 
Second version of PH-735, 1942 (lost)
Work Relation: 
Derived from PH-550, 1942 (oil on paper)
Work Description: 
Three forms created through Still's use of negative space (bare canvas) rise out of a mound painted in varied tones of brown, ochre, red and cobalt. The three vertical figures taper off to a point at their apices and are each haloed by a golden brown disc. They rise in front of a deep blue background, which when read in conjunction with the brown mound covering the bottom third of the canvas, suggests the entire scene may be alluding to some kind of primordial landscape. Still's interplay between negative and positive space is central in this composition, as the vertical figures rendered in bare canvas compete spatially with their painted and textural blue background.
Clyfford Still, PH-757, 1942. Oil on canvas, 64 1/2 x 34 inches (163.8 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