Mar 11, 2010

Female Model on African Stool

Female Model on African Stool

1976

Philip Pearlstein

(American, b. 1924)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 185 x 155 x 4 cm (72 13/16 x 61 x 1 9/16 in.); Unframed: 182.8 x 152.4 cm (71 15/16 x 60 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1978.16

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Description

By cutting off the upper part of the model’s face, Philip Pearlstein breaks in a special way with the tradition of nude painting and portraiture. By not giving the viewer a counterpart who responds in one way or another to his or her gaze, Pearlstein focuses completely on the naked human body. By contemplating on his model’s body as a phenomenon devoid of any identity other than the attributes of sex and skin color, Pearlstein transforms it into a secluded world of forms, comparable to a natural landscape. The depiction comes across as objective and sober—there is no intimate tension or sexual charge.

See also
Collection: 
CONTEMP - Painting
Department: 
Contemporary Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Medium: 
Oil on canvas

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