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Clyfford Still


Clyfford Still(November 30, 1904 – June 23, 1980)  was a leader in the first generation of Abstract Expressionists who developed a new, powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II. Still’s contemporaries included Philip Guston, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. Still was also considered one of the foremost Color Field painters – his non-figurative paintings are non-objective, and largely concerned with juxtaposing different colors and surfaces in a variety of formations.  He is famous for denouncing the galleries and museums of the art world as Nazi gas chambers.  After a brief period of selling and displaying some of his work, Still retreated to a remote farm in Maryland and spent the remaining decades of his life painting furiously, cursing critics and the commercial art world and hiding his work.  In his one-page will, he specified that the body of his work could never be sold, never be separated, never be shown next to another artist’s work and could only be exhibited to the public in a Clyfford Still museum that would be built by an American city and would exclusively house his entire collection.”

That city turned out to be Denver, Colorado

What I would not give for one of these paintings … incredible !

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