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1941-2-C

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© City and County of Denver / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© City and County of Denver / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Clyfford Still

American, 1904-1980

1941-2-C, 1941-1942

oil on canvas

support: 42 3/4 x 32 1/2 inches (108.59 x 82.55 cm); framed: 45 1/8 x 34 3/4 x 2 5/8 inches (114.6175 x 88.265 x 6.6675 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of the artist, 1964

1964:5.2

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Provenance

the artist;
donated by the artist to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, April 27, 1964

Class

Paintings

Work Type

Oil painting

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

As early as 1941, when most of his peers were still making figurative or semi-figurative paintings, Clyfford Still created this nearly monochromatic black canvas. PH-154 (1941-2-C) is one of scores of predominantly black works he would paint over the course of his career. While Still was not the only Abstract Expressionist to extensively use black, his mastery of it was nevertheless extraordinary.

Still’s layered black and near-black tones are enveloping and provocative, charged with drama. He rejected the common interpretation of black as a somber tone that lacked the dynamism or energy of brightly colored abstractions, and he famously said, “Black was never a color of death or terror for me. I think of it as warm—and generative. But color is what you choose to make it.”

Label from Shade: Clyfford Still / Mark Bradford, May 26–October 2, 2016

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