Philip Pearlstein

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Philip Pearlstein
Training in Florida (three soldiers resting)
Watercolor on paper
15 x 20 1/2 inches (38 x 52 cm)
Gift of the artist.
Philip Pearlstein.

Philip Pearlstein is a major contemporary American artist who established his reputation in the 1950s as a champion of realism and the figurative tradition at a time when abstract art dominated the avant-garde. He is best-known for his depictions of nude models in the studio, remarkable for their singular cropping and complex compositions involving a variety of props. In 1943, after studying at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pearlstein was drafted and remained in the army until 1946. Complementing a recent gift by two collectors of 95 of Pearlstein's drawings from this period, the artist has made a generous gift of a related watercolor in which he developed a detail from a pen and ink drawing.

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