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Work Type: 
paintings (visual works)
Title Notes: 
no title
Creation Date: 
Work Creator Name: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Display Measurement: 
57 x 27 1/2 inches (144.8 x 69.9 cm)
Work Material Name: 
oil paint (paint)
Work Material Support Name: 
Work Technique Name: 
palette knives (painting equipment)
Work Style Period: 
Abstract Expressionist
Current Work Location Name: 
Clyfford Still Museum
Creation Location: 
San Francisco, California
Work Inscription: 
Clyfford '46
Work Inscription Author: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Description: 
A rich black pigment fills this tall narrow composition from top to bottom and left to right. Five colorful passages float across the black field. Most prominently, a large, light brown blockish form enters from the top left edge and runs over to the work's center. Above this, sits a smaller, gray form, which rests at the composition's top left corner. An olive green passage hovers in the top right corner, and runs down along the right edge until it exits the scene about a third of the way up from the bottom on the right edge. Next, an isolated, ghostly white form is positioned in the works bottom right quadrant, and has a yellow sinuous core. Lastly, a tall, narrow dark red figure rises from the work's bottom left edge, travels up parallel to the left edge, and juts sharply to the right before curving upwards and ending near the top center. A faint halo-like stroke can be seen surrounding the red figure's crown, and a brighter red lifeline runs through its center, enlivening the form from within.
Clyfford Still, PH-184, 1946. Oil on canvas, 57 x 27 1/2 inches (144.8 x 69.9 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