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Collection: American Art
Date: 1975-1976
Artist/Maker: Philip Pearlstein
Classification: Prints

Philip Pearlstein’s drawings, paintings, and prints have been controversial for three reasons: their utter realism, their nude subject matter, and their spatial illusionism at a time when most artists valued the flatness of the picture plane. He dedicated himself in the early sixties to the depiction of nudes as abstraction began to fade as the dominant trend. His nudes—often pairs of females, or a female and a male—were starkly realistic, lacking narrative and eroticism.