Philip Pearlstein

Paintings: Oils and Watercolors


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VERTICAL STUDY OF MODEL WITH BLOW-UP CHAIR, 1998
Watercolor on Paper
20 x 14 inches 50.8 x 35.6 centimeters

Philip Pearlstein. Courtesy of Robert Miller Gallery, New York.

Philip Pearlstein - American painter (b. 1924).

Philip Pearlstein is one of the most important and innovative artists of the contemporary Realist school. He studied at Carnegie Institute of Technology and received his Masters in art history at New York University. During the time that Pearlstein began to work realistically the Modernists were absolute in their rejection of the Realist option.

Although Pearlstein remained as much a Modernist as any of his contemporaries, he found himself obliged to reconsider the Realist option, and in so doing helped to reinvent the terms by which Realism could once again be made into a vital art. The Milwaukee Art Museum honored him with a retrospective exhibition in 1983 and accompanied the exhibition with a monograph on his complete paintings.

In 2001, Desiree Alvarez, an artist and long time model for Pearlstein wrote:

The tension in his work comes from the fact that we are not accustomed to perceiving the body to be visceral because our experience of our bodies is visceral. Therefore, we do not bring the language of abstraction, and expecially not geometric abstraction, to nude fgure painting. Pearlstein's challenge is that we should.

STUDY FOR TWO MODELS WITH BLOW-UP CHAIR, 1998
Watercolor on Paper 14 x 20 inches 35.6 x 50.8 centimeters

Philip Pearlstein. Courtesy of Robert Miller Gallery, New York
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