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Work Type: 
paintings (visual works)
Title Notes: 
no title
Creation Date: 
Work Creator Name: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Display Measurement: 
59 1/2 x 28 inches (151.1 x 71.1 cm)
Work Material Name: 
oil paint (paint)
Work Material Support Name: 
Work Technique Name: 
palette knives (painting equipment)
Work Style Period: 
Current Work Location Name: 
Clyfford Still Museum
Creation Location: 
New York, New York (Cornelia Street)
Work Description: 
The unpainted areas where bare canvas is left exposed play a vital role in this composition. Still uses the bare canvas in conjunction with primarily black pigment to suggest an abstracted figure through the use of line, highlights, and shadow. Where the bare canvas comes forward at the viewer to function as the form's highlights and other lightly colored areas, the black paint recedes, representing shadows and depth. Still's emphasis on the bare canvas crates an inherent tension between positive and negative space. Pops of green, orange, red, and yellow all infuse the scene with movement and liveliness. Two yellow dashes, one on top of the other suggest eyes at the top left, and two cylindrical forms at the bottom left edge might represent fingers resting on the figure's lap.
Clyfford Still, PH-168, 1945. Oil on canvas, 59 1/2 x 28 inches (151.1 x 71.1 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