Clyfford Still 1953 1953

Artwork details

Artist
Clyfford Still 1904–1980
Title
1953
Date 1953
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2359 x 1740 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1971
Reference
T01498

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‘My paintings have no titles because I do not wish them to be considered illustrations or pictorial puzzles’, Still wrote. ‘If properly made visible they speak for themselves.’ In a letter discussing this work, he explained that the red at the lower edge was intended to contrast with and therefore emphasise the depths of the blue. He saw the yellow wedge at the top as ‘a reassertion of the human context - a gesture of rejection of any authoritarian rationale or system of politico-dialectical dogma.’

November 2005