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Clyfford Still

American, 1904-1980

1949-M, 1949

oil on canvas

support: 93 x 69 1/2 inches (236.22 x 176.53 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of the artist, 1964

1964:5.20

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Inscriptions

signature, dated / lower center, left / Clyfford 49

Provenance

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

Class

Paintings (visual works)

Work Type

Oil painting (visual work)

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

Clyfford Still’s paintings have been compared to bodies or living organisms. In PH-266 (1949-M), Still’s use of color gives the impression that the jagged salmon, burgundy, and fawn-colored forms have only revealed themselves after a painstaking process of tearing and violent rupture.

While Still dismissed such figurative readings of his painting, he believed they each possessed an inner life or spark. In a letter written after his 1959 exhibition in Buffalo, Still recalled, “One problem we had was the tendency of the museum people to over-light all of my paints. . . . my last instruction to [museum director] Mr. Smith was, ‘You can turn the lights out. The paintings will carry their own fire.’”

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

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