Artist: Clyfford Still (American, 1904–1980)

Date: 1943

Medium: Oil on cloth

Dimensions: 36 × 30 1/4 in. (91.4 × 76.8 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Clyfford Still, 1986

Accession Number: 1986.441.1

Rights and Reproduction: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


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.