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Two Female Models Sitting and Lying on a Navajo Rug

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Two Female Models Sitting and Lying on a Navajo Rug

Artist: Philip Pearlstein (American, born 1924)
Date: 1972
Medium: oil on canvas
Overall: 60 x 72 in. (152.4 x 182.9 cm.)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Coffin Fine Arts Trust; Nathan Emory Coffin Collection of the Des Moines Art Center, 1972.86
Accession number: 1972.86
Classification: painting
In Collection(s)
Label TextPearlstein was born in Pittsburgh in 1924 and received his B.F.A. degree from Carnegie Institute of Technology. He ws awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Rome where he studied for a year. Pearlstein is considered to be a leading realist painter. His models were never idealized; instead he tells it like it is - with paint. The cool colors, the cropping of his figures and the unusual point of view from which they are painted, are characterisric of his work and the unflattering poses poses, ungainly avoirdupois, and unrelenting detail are also representative. Source: Bulletin, November-December 1972.
SignedPearlstein 72 6 (L/R)
Exhibition History"From Body to Being: Reflections on the Human Image," Des Moines Art Center, Feb. 1 - May 4, 1997

"25 Years of American Painting: 1948-1973," Des Moines Art Center, Mar. 5 - Apr. 22, 1973

"New Paintings by Philip Pearlstein," Allan Frumkin Gallery, Inc., Chicago, Jan. 13 - Feb. 10, 1973
Published ReferencesDMAC Bulletin, Nov./Dec. 1972, ill.

ART QUARTERLY, Spring/Summer 1973, ill. p.129

"25 Years of American Painting: 1948 - 1973," Des Moines Art Center, 1973, exh. cat. color ill. no.32

THE NATHAN EMORY COFFIN COLLECTION, a portfolio of fifty selections from the collection, published by the Des Moines Art Center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Nathan Emory Coffin, 1981, b/w ill.

Russell Bowman, PHILIP PEARLSTEIN: THE COMPLETE PAINTINGS, New York and London, 1983, cat. no.396, ill. p.343

DES MOINES ART CENTER: SELECTED PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES AND WORKS ON PAPER, Des Moines Art Center, 1985, ref. p.169, b/w ill. pl.107, p.170

AN UNCOMMON VISION: THE DES MOINES ART CENTER, Des Moines Art Center, 1998, ref. p.221, color ill. p.220

Samantha Baskind "Encyclopedia of Jewish American Artists: Artists of the American Mosiac", Greenwood Press, 2007, b/w ill. pg. 216
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