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Philip Pearlstein
Born 1924 in Pittsburgh, PA
Lives and works in New York, NY
Two Models on Kilim Rug with Mirror, 1983
acrylic paint on canvas
90 x 72 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
1995.59
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Realist painter Pearlstein is acclaimed for his precise, provocative portraits of nudes. He decidedly excludes the personality of his subjects and instead focuses on form, light, color, pattern, and composition. His carefully arrange models become inanimate elements of his sizable still-life paintings, their bodies lying among toys, masks, fans, and other props, and often stretching past the picture plane. Two Models on Kilim Rug with Mirror, an almost clinical study of the human form, is a prime example of Pearlstein's signature style.