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Work Type: 
Creation Date: 
Work Creator Name: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Display Measurement: 
59 7/8 x 38 7/8 in. (152.1 x 98.8 cm)
Work Material Name: 
oil paint
Work Material Support Name: 
Current Work Location Name: 
Clyfford Still Museum
Creation Location: 
Richmond, Virginia
Work Inscription: 
Clyfford 1943 Richmond, Va.
Work Inscription: 
38 x 59 1/2 PH-350 2 [circled
Work Inscription Author: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Inscription Author: 
Still, Clyfford
Work Relation: 
Work Relation: 
Work Description: 
An eerie white form rises from the bottom left corner of the composition into a black void, and splits into two writhing vertical shapes near the canvas' center before rising up to the top right corner. Two green vegetal forms rise vertically side by side into this white form from the bottom left edge, covering two small oblong brown shapes in the process. A bright yellow lifeline starts at the bottom edge near the bottom right corner and winds up vertically through the center of the far right white form. From this yellow line near its center, two smaller wispy brown lines fall back down towards the bottom edge. Two orange parallel strokes are placed one on top of the other inside the very top of the left fork of the white form, while the very top of the right fork melds with a deep crimson color before bleeding off the right side of the composition. From the top left edge of the canvas, a third, smaller white flame-like form creeps into the black background and also has a yellow lifeline at its center.
Clyfford Still, PH-350, 1943. Oil on canvas, 59 7/8 x 38 7/8 inches (152.1 x 98.8 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