United States • 1904−1980

Clyfford Still (eng. Clyfford Still,; August 30, 1904, Grandin, USA – June 23, 1980, Baltimore, USA) – American artist, one of the leading the abstract expressionists. Still considered one of the first artists, which gave wide distribution to a new radically abstract style immediately after the Second World war. A big part of my childhood I lived in Alberta. It is believed that huge flat space and harsh life of the canadian prairies has left its mark on the world and work still. For many years the artist has devoted his professional education, in addition to painting while studying literature and philosophy. Moved around a lot, in particular, teaching. The first painting in his unique style introduced in 1946 in the gallery Peggy Guggenheim. Despite the fact that still ranked as the abstract expressionists, he claimed not to belong to any school or movement. The artist is constantly in conflict with his colleagues, which cost him his friendship with Mark Rothkoand Jackson Pollock, critics and gallery owners. Last 20 years lived on the farm, continuing to work, but not practically exhibited.

Features artist Clifford Steele: in the early works embrace different styles. Still drifting from grim agrarian scenes, inherent in regionalism, the surreal forms. At the end of the 1930s formed the key points of the subsequent of the artist: color schemes (dark tones with accents of bright colors) and technique (thick layers of paint applied with a palette knife). Their own revolutionary style the artist developed in the mid-40's: he completely abandons recognisable forms, replacing them by objects similar to the flashes of flame.

Famous paintings of Clifford Steele: "1957-D No. 1", "1952 -", "PH-21".

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov

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