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Nude on Yellow Drape

Philip Pearlstein, considered the most important figure in the revival of representational painting during the 1960s, is particularly known for his renderings of the female nude. Although he initially worked in an Abstract Expressionist style, a visit to Italy in 1958 on a Fulbright Travel Grant awakened Pearlstein’s interest in traditional figurative painting. His images of nudes are characterized by unusual perspectives, radical cropping, and decorative background patterning. These devices call attention to the artificiality of the studio nude in Western painting by transforming the nude figure into an abstract form.

Philip Pearlstein
American, born 1924
Nude on Yellow Drape
1966
Oil on canvas
40 1/8 x 48 in. (101.9 x 121.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 69.114

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