(b Pittsburg, PA, 1924) American Painter. Philip Pearlstein attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he earned his BFA, and New York University, where he received his MFA. Pearlstein began his painting career in the midst of the Modernist movement, which rejected realism. However, Pearlstein clung to representational, more naturalistic depictions. He began with landscapes and later focused his paintings on the nude figure. He has won many awards for his work, including the National Council of Arts Administrator Visual Artist Award and was President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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