Untitled (1957)
Clyfford Still
Untitled (1957)
Clyfford Still (American, Abstract Expressionism, 1904-1980): Untitled, 1957. Oil on canvas, 113-1/4 x 148 x 2-1/4 inches (287.66 x 375.92 x 5.72 cm). San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, USA. © City and County of Denver. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles. (SFMOMA's building on Third Street in San Francisco temporarily closed for expansion construction through early 2016.)

Clyfford Still:

"I hold it imperative to evolve an instrument of thought which will aid in cutting through all cultural opiates, past and present, so that a direct, immediate, and truly free vision can be achieved."

"These are not paintings in the usual sense; they are life and death merging in fearful union. As for me, they kindle a fire; through them I breathe again, hold a golden cord, find my own revelation."

'Although not as widely known as some of his New York School contemporaries, Clyfford Still was the first to break through to a new and radically abstract style devoid of obvious subject matter.

... Still's overriding theme is the existential struggle of the human spirit against the forces of nature, a notion that finds expression in the vertical forms that reach defiantly through the majority of his compositions, and a struggle he evoked in his phrase "the vertical necessity of life." ' (© The Art Story Foundation)

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