From 1945 to 1961 Clyfford Still was a major member of the first-generation Abstract Expressionist painters in New York, though he created early abstractions such as 1943-A were created while still living in San Francisco and Richmond, Virginia. By eliminating all representational imagery and any sense of illusionistic space, he conveyed spiritual and metaphysical content-what he called "a living spirit"-in the jagged patterns of paint applied with a palette knife on solid color fields.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): Clyfford '43; signed, dated, and inscribed (on reverse, center left): Clyfford 43; (on reverse, lower right): 35 1/2 x 30/ 1943/ Clyfford/ 1943
the artist, New Windsor, Md. (until d. 1980); his widow, Mrs. Clyfford Still, New Windsor, Md. (1980–86; her gift to MMA)
Coral Gables. Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami. "Abstract Expressionism: Other Dimensions," October 26–December 3, 1989.
Chicago. Terra Museum of American Art. "Abstract Expressionism: Other Dimensions," January 6–March 5, 1990.
Brunswick. Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University. "Abstract Expressionism: Other Dimensions," March 25–June 13, 1990.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions," October 24, 2008–February 1, 2009, online catalogue.
Denver. Clyfford Still Museum. "Repeat/Recreate: Clyfford Still's 'Replicas'," September 18, 2015–January 10, 2016, no. 12 (as "PH-282").
Lisa M. Messinger inRecent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1986–1987. New York, 1987, p. 72.
Stephen Polcari. Abstract Expressionism and the Modern Experience. Cambridge, 1991, p. 109, fig. 49, calls it "Untitled (PH–282)".
David Anfam inRepeat/Recreate: Clyfford Still's "Replicas". Exh. cat., Clyfford Still Museum. Denver, 2015, p. 39, colorpl. 12.