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Clyfford Still Sold at Auction Prices

Painter, b. 1904 - d. 1980

(b Grandin, ND, 1904) American Painter. Clifford E. Still received his BFA from the Spokane University in 1933. Still had his first solo show at the San Franciso Museum of Art in 1943. At the show, Still met Mark Rothko, who would become his friend and influence his work. While in New York, Rothko introduced him to Peggy Guggenheim, who gave him a solo show at her gallery, Art of the Century, in 1946. Still moved to San Fancisco where he taught and developed Abstract Expressionism with Rothko. After several years, Still moved back to New York where, in the early 1950’s, he would sever ties with the art world and from then on rarely exhibit his work. Upon leaving the art world, Still moved to Maryland, where he continued to paint until his death in 1980. After Still passed away, it was discovered that he had created and retained over 2000 pieces of work. A competition was held to decide which U.S. city would be allowed to house this abundant collection. Denver won the honor and revealed the Clifford Still Museum in early 2009.

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      • CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PHX-10 oil on paper 19 x 11 1⁄8 in. (48.3 x 28.2
        Nov. 10, 2023

        CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PHX-10 oil on paper 19 x 11 1⁄8 in. (48.3 x 28.2

        Est: $250,000 - $350,000

        CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PHX-10 oil on paper 19 x 11 1⁄8 in. (48.3 x 28.2 cm.)

        Christie's
      • Clyfford Still, Oil on Panel
        Nov. 05, 2023

        Clyfford Still, Oil on Panel

        Est: $40,000 - $50,000

        Clyfford Still (AMERICAN, 1904–1980) Oil on panel 24" x 36" frame: 30" x 42" Abstract

        1stBid
      • CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PH-69 oil on canvas 62 x 43 in. (157.8 x 109.5 c
        Nov. 17, 2022

        CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PH-69 oil on canvas 62 x 43 in. (157.8 x 109.5 c

        Est: $12,000,000 - $18,000,000

        CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PH-69 oil on canvas 62 x 43 in. (157.8 x 109.5 cm.)

        Christie's
      • CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-16 (Figure) Image: 13 x 4 7/8 in. (332 x 124
        Nov. 18, 2021

        CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-16 (Figure) Image: 13 x 4 7/8 in. (332 x 124

        Est: $12,000 - $18,000

        CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-16 (Figure) Image: 13 x 4 7/8 in. (332 x 124 mm.) Sheet: 15 7/8 x 7 ½ in. (405 x 192 mm.)

        Christie's
      • CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-15 (Forms) Image: 12 ¼ x 7 ¾ in. (310 mm x 19
        Nov. 18, 2021

        CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-15 (Forms) Image: 12 ¼ x 7 ¾ in. (310 mm x 19

        Est: $6,000 - $8,000

        CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-15 (Forms) Image: 12 ¼ x 7 ¾ in. (310 mm x 198 mm.) Sheet: 14 ½ x 11 1/8 in. (370 mm x 285 mm.)

        Christie's
      • CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PE-8 Image: 7 ¾ x 6 ¼ in. (198 mm x 158 mm.) She
        Nov. 18, 2021

        CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PE-8 Image: 7 ¾ x 6 ¼ in. (198 mm x 158 mm.) She

        Est: $10,000 - $15,000

        CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PE-8 Image: 7 ¾ x 6 ¼ in. (198 mm x 158 mm.) Sheet: 11 7/8 x 8 7/8 in. (303 mm x 227 mm.)

        Christie's
      • CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-15 (Forms) CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-15 (
        Apr. 16, 2021

        CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-15 (Forms) CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-15 (

        Est: $25,000 - $35,000

        CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-15 (Forms) CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-15 (Forms) lithograph, on wove paper, 1944, signed, titled and dated in pencil, annotated '6 Print' (one of six known impressions), with margins, light- and mat staining,…

        Christie's
      • CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-16 (Figure) CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-16
        Apr. 16, 2021

        CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-16 (Figure) CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-16

        Est: $20,000 - $30,000

        CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-16 (Figure) CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PL-16 (Figure) lithograph, on wove paper watermark FRANCE, 1944, signed, titled and dated in pencil, annotated '5 Print' (one of five known impressions), with wide margins,…

        Christie's
      • CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PE-8 CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PE-8 etching, on
        Apr. 16, 2021

        CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PE-8 CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PE-8 etching, on

        Est: $12,000 - $18,000

        CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PE-8 CLYFFORD STILL (1904-1980) PE-8 etching, on wove paper, 1940, signed and dated in pencil, annotated '3 Print, first state' (one of two known impressions), with wide margins, mat staining, paper…

        Christie's
      • Clyfford Still (American, 1904-1980), , PH-491
        Nov. 17, 2020

        Clyfford Still (American, 1904-1980), , PH-491

        Est: $50,000 - $80,000

        Clyfford Still (American, 1904-1980) PH-491 Signed and dated 1943 bottom right, inscribed 'PH-491' and dated verso, oil on paper. 20 x 13 in. (50.8 x 33cm) Unframed. provenance: Collection of Mrs. Patricia A. Still. Private Collection, Maryland (gifted directly from the above circa 1998). note: This lot is accompanied by a letter of gift signed by Mrs. Patricia A. Still. Prominent Abstract Expressionist painter, Clyfford Still spent his entire artistic career drawing and experimenting with different printing techniques, in addition to producing the large-scale oil paintings for which he is best known. His drawings held a particularly personal and privileged position for Still, and were only shown twice in exhibition during his lifetime; he once called his pastel drawings "a visual diary of a personal world." [1] Rather than sketches for larger paintings, Still's drawings constitute fully realized works in their own right, and provide a window into his working process. PH-491 is one of nearly one hundred oils on paper from a prolific period of Still's life, while he held a professorship at the Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University). Not a formal "series," the works from this 1943-45 period display a diversity in composition, as the artist shifts back and forth between representational and abstract forms, leaving traces of the figure, landscape and nature as he experiments with abstraction. PH-491 shows Still's deliberate brushstrokes and extended undulating lines as he explored the interplay of paint and white space. Still's drawings were meticulously archived and stored by the artist, and later by his widow Patricia Still, and many were eventually donated to the Clyfford Still Museum, which she helped found in Denver, Colorado before her death in 2005. The present work was a gift from Mrs. Still to her long-time attorney and his wife, jointly, as noted in her hand-written letter of gift. [1] Clyfford Still, letter to Sidney Janis, 2 October 1978, Clyfford Still Museum Archives, quoted in Clyfford Still: The Works on Paper, Denver, CO: Clyfford Still Museum, 2016, p. 8.

        Freeman's
      • Clyfford Still - D. No. 1 - 1991
        Jan. 14, 2020

        Clyfford Still - D. No. 1 - 1991

        Est: $150 - $275

        "D. No. 1" by Clyfford Still, 1991 Unsigned Serigraph. Paper size is 16 x 20 inches, with an image size of 11.5 x 16 inches. The Serigraph is from an unknown edition size. and is not framed. The condition was rated A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling. Additional details: Museum Reproduction Edition Serigraph printed by Editions Limited in 1991 and Published by Gallery A.P. J. Graphic Station. Copyrighted Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, 1991 and from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Collection.

        DUMBO Auctions
      • TWO RETROSPECTVE BOOKS, CLYFFORD STILL 1904-1980
        Aug. 21, 2019

        TWO RETROSPECTVE BOOKS, CLYFFORD STILL 1904-1980

        Est: $150 - $300

        Documents the life and career of famed artist during the 20th c. Pieces edited by Thomas Kellein and John P. O'Neill. One hard cover, one soft cover. Issued: 20th c. Dimensions: 11"L x 12"W, largest Country of Origin: United States

        Lion and Unicorn
      • Painting, Follower of Clyfford Still
        May. 19, 2019

        Painting, Follower of Clyfford Still

        Est: $500 - $700

        Follower of Clyfford Still (American, 1904-1980), Untitled (Abstraction with Bird), circa 1960, oil on canvas, signed "Shelton" verso (on stretcher bar), canvas: 69"h x 80"w, overall (with frame): 69.75"h x 80.75"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Clyfford Still - Untitled - 1986
        Aug. 21, 2018

        Clyfford Still - Untitled - 1986

        Est: $625 - $775

        "Untitled" by Clyfford Still, 1986 Unsigned Offset Lithograph. Paper size is 39.25 x 51.25 inches, with an image size of 32.5 x 45 inches. The Offset Lithograph is from an unknown edition size. and is not framed. The condition was rated A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling. Additional details: First edition, printed for Albright-Knox in Buffalo, New York.

        DUMBO Auctions
      • Clyfford Still (American, 1904–1980) Abstract
        Jun. 21, 2017

        Clyfford Still (American, 1904–1980) Abstract

        Est: $5,000 - $6,000

        A Signed oil on paper Abstract Painting by artist Clyfford Still (American, 1904–1980) signed bottom right corner of the artwork.

        Antique Empire
      • Clyfford Still (American, 1904–1980) Book
        Jun. 21, 2017

        Clyfford Still (American, 1904–1980) Book

        Est: $500 - $650

        A Signed and dated Book of artist Clyfford Still By artist Clyfford Still (American, 1904–1980) Signed on title page. Dated 1770

        Antique Empire
      • CLYFFORD STILL 1904 - 1980 | Untitled (Grand Coulee Dam, Washington)
        Nov. 21, 2016

        CLYFFORD STILL 1904 - 1980 | Untitled (Grand Coulee Dam, Washington)

        Est: $200,000 - $300,000

        oil on canvas

        Sotheby's
      • 1986 Still Untitled Poster
        Nov. 12, 2015

        1986 Still Untitled Poster

        Est: $250 - $350

        Artist Name: Still, Clyfford Title: Untitled Medium: Poster Edition Size: Unknown Year: 1986 Paper Size: 39.25 x 51.25 inches Image Size: 32.5 x 45 inches Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Notes: First edition, printed for Albright-Knox in Buffalo, New York. Very light wear on the edges.

        DUMBO Auctions
      • Clyfford Still (1904-1980) PH-148 (1960-F)
        Nov. 10, 2015

        Clyfford Still (1904-1980) PH-148 (1960-F)

        Est: -

        Clyfford Still (1904-1980) PH-148 (1960-F)

        Christie's
      • CLYFFORD STILL | PH-218
        Nov. 04, 2015

        CLYFFORD STILL | PH-218

        Est: $10,000,000 - $15,000,000

        Oil on canvas

        Sotheby's
      • 1986 Still Untitled Poster
        Feb. 26, 2015

        1986 Still Untitled Poster

        Est: $250 - $350

        Artist Name: Still, Clyfford Title: Untitled Medium: Poster Edition Size: Unknown Year: 1986 Paper Size: 39.25 x 51.25 inches Image Size: 32.5 x 45 inches Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Notes: First edition, printed for Albright-Knox in Buffalo, New York. Very light wear on the edges.

        DUMBO Auctions
      • Clyfford Still (1904-1980) PH-1033 oil on canvas 93½ x 83 in. (237.4 x 210.
        May. 13, 2014

        Clyfford Still (1904-1980) PH-1033 oil on canvas 93½ x 83 in. (237.4 x 210.

        Est: $15,000,000 - $20,000,000

        Clyfford Still (1904-1980) PH-1033 oil on canvas 93½ x 83 in. (237.4 x 210.8 cm.)

        Christie's
      • After Clyfford Still, American 1904-1980- "D No
        Nov. 10, 2012

        After Clyfford Still, American 1904-1980- "D No

        Est: £100 - £150

        After Clyfford Still, American 1904-1980- "D No 1",1957; colour reproduction print, 60x84cm: Mid-Late 20th Century- Double portrait; collage, 65x49cm: Mid-Late 20th Century- Abstract composition; collage, tempera and mixed technique on board, 90x69cm., (3) (part unframed)

        Roseberys
      • Clyfford Still (1904-1980)
        May. 08, 2012

        Clyfford Still (1904-1980)

        Est: $5,000,000 - $7,000,000

        Clyfford Still (1904-1980) Untitled (PH-786, 1955-R) signed and dated 'Clyfford 1955-R' (lower right); signed again, inscribed and dated again twice '1955 Easthampton PH-786 Clyfford 1955-R' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 91 x 69 in. (231.1 x 175.3 cm.) Painted in 1955.

        Christie's
      • CLYFFORD STILL
        Nov. 09, 2011

        CLYFFORD STILL

        Est: $1,000,000 - $1,500,000

        SOLD BY THE CITY OF DENVER, TO BENEFIT THE CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM 1904 - 1980 PH-351 signed and dated Clyfford 40 1940; signed, dated 1940 and inscribed Painted Pullman on the reverse oil on canvas 41 x 37 1/2 in. 104.1 x 95.3 cm.

        Sotheby's
      • CLYFFORD STILL
        Nov. 09, 2011

        CLYFFORD STILL

        Est: $15,000,000 - $20,000,000

        SOLD BY THE CITY OF DENVER, TO BENEFIT THE CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM 1904 - 1980 1947-Y-NO. 2 signed, dated 1947 and inscribed #2 San Francisco on the reverse oil on canvas 69 1/2 x 59 in. 176.5 x 149.9 cm.

        Sotheby's
      • CLYFFORD STILL
        Nov. 09, 2011

        CLYFFORD STILL

        Est: $10,000,000 - $15,000,000

        SOLD BY THE CITY OF DENVER, TO BENEFIT THE CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM 1904 - 1980 PH-1033 signed and dated Clyfford 11-29-76; signed on the reverse oil on canvas 93 1/2 x 83 in. 237.5 x 210.8 cm.

        Sotheby's
      • CLYFFORD STILL
        Nov. 09, 2011

        CLYFFORD STILL

        Est: $25,000,000 - $35,000,000

        SOLD BY THE CITY OF DENVER, TO BENEFIT THE CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM 1904 - 1980 1949-A-NO . 1 signed and dated Clyfford 49; signed and titled 1949-A twice on the reverse oil on canvas 93 x 79 in. 236.2 x 200.7 cm.

        Sotheby's
      • 1946 (PH-182)
        May. 13, 2008

        1946 (PH-182)

        Est: $8,000,000 - $12,000,000

        Clyfford Still (1904-1980) 1946 (PH-182) signed, inscribed, titled and dated 'Clyfford 1946-S. F. P-182' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 60½ x 43¾ in. (153.7 x 111.1 cm.) Painted in 1946.

        Christie's
      • After Clyfford Still, American 1901-1971- Abstract
        Feb. 05, 2008

        After Clyfford Still, American 1901-1971- Abstract

        Est: £100 - £200

        After Clyfford Still, American 1901-1971- Abstract composition; reproduction printed in colours, 60x84cm

        Roseberys
      • 1955-D, PH-387
        May. 16, 2007

        1955-D, PH-387

        Est: $7,000,000 - $9,000,000

        Clyfford Still (1904-1980) 1955-D, PH-387 signed, titled and dated 'Clyfford Still 1955-D' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 117½ x 111 in. (298.5 x 282 cm.) Painted in 1955.

        Christie's
      • Clyfford Still (1904-1980)
        Nov. 15, 2006

        Clyfford Still (1904-1980)

        Est: $5,000,000 - $7,000,000

        1947-R-No. 1 dated '1947' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 69 x 65 in. (175.3 x 165.1 cm.)

        Christie's
      • CLYFFORD STILL
        May. 10, 2006

        CLYFFORD STILL

        Est: $500,000 - $700,000

        PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. AND MRS. JEFFREY ZISSU 1904-1980 UNTITLED (FEAR) 26 1/4 x 20 in. 66.6 x 50.8 cm. signed and dated 45 oil on paper PROVENANCE Estate of Betty Parsons, New York (acquired directly from the artist) Christie's, New York, Contemporary Art from the Estate of Betty Parsons, November 9, 1983, lot 324 Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York Private Collection, Chicago (acquired from the above in 1984) C&M Arts, New York SBC Communications, San Antonio (acquired from the above in 1995) Martha Parrish & James Reinish, Inc., New York Acquired by the present owners from the above EXHIBITED New York, Finch College Museum of Art, Betty Parsons' Private Collection, March - April 1968, cat. no. 151 Bloomfield Hills, Cranbrook Academy of Art; Memphis, Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Betty Parsons' Private Collection, September - December 1968, cat. no. 91 Montclair, New Jersey, Montclair Art Museum, Selections from the Betty Parsons' Collection, January - February 1972, cat. no. 37 Ithaca, Cornell University, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Art; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Abstract Expressionism: the Formative Years, March - December 1978, p. 128, cat. no. 138, illustrated New York, Rosa Esman Gallery, Curator's Choice: a Tribute to Dorothy Miller, 1982 LITERATURE Irving Sandler, The Triumph of American Painting, New York, 1970, p. 159, fig. no. 12-2, illustrated Laura Carey Martin, American Images: The SBC Collection of Twentieth-Century American Art, New York, 1996, pl. 63, p. 134, illustrated in color NOTE ``By 1941, space and figure in my canvases had been resolved into a total psychic entity, freeing me from the limitations of each, yet fusing into an instrument bounded only by the limits of my energy and intuition. My feeling of freedom was now absolute and infinitely exhilarating.'' Clyfford Still, 1963 In statements about his work, Still referred to painting as an ``instrument'' and believed that art was a total idea, encompassing life and death, freedom and subjugation. Still saw art as influential in society and it was the artist's responsibility to use the instrument of paint as a confrontation with his inner self and with society as a whole. Like Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, Still considered art to have a transformative potential that could impact the public in transcendent and deeply emotive ways. Still sought to achieve the ecstatic through primal forms that abandoned the human figure as subject matter, leaving the human gesture of paint to signify the human presence in art. In the mid-1940s, with works such as Untitled (Fear), Still arrived at his unique mature style of abstraction that achieved a fusion of color and form that aimed at momentous content and sublime beauty. By eliminating figuration or narrative intent from his compositions, Still orchestrated his strokes and surfaces toward his real subject matter, which is the dramatic interaction of painted forms and color harmonies. His jutting forms and muscular shards of color are redolent with a sense of crescendo within an organic formation that fills the picture plane and intimates a continuation beyond. Still's forms and painterly expression were in perfect sync with his foreboding and unusual palette. Still, in an acknowledgement of Edmund Burke's theory of color, employed melancholic colors such as black, brown or deep purple to access the Sublime, yet he also knew the value of expanding his palette to include the lighter colors of orange, red or yellow to animate the composition and increase its expressiveness. In Untitled (Fear), the counterpoints of color - the flickering red, touch of blue, outlines of white and wisps of yellow - harmonize with the more somber ground, and fulfill the artist's intent to highlight the paradox of light within dark in which radiance is a means of revelation of the Sublime.

        Sotheby's
      • Clyfford Still (1904-1980)
        May. 09, 2006

        Clyfford Still (1904-1980)

        Est: $2,500,000 - $3,500,000

        1955-K signed and dated 'Clyfford Still 1955' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 113 x 104 in. (287 x 264 cm.) Painted in 1955.

        Christie's
      • Clyfford Still (1904-1980)
        May. 11, 2005

        Clyfford Still (1904-1980)

        Est: $1,000,000 - $1,500,000

        Untitled, 1959 oil on canvas 114 x 166 in. (289.5 x 421.6 cm.) Painted in 1959.

        Christie's
      • clyfford still 1904-1980
        May. 08, 2001

        clyfford still 1904-1980

        Est: $18,000 - $22,000

        clyfford still 1904-1980 Untitled Signed and dedicated To Hilda on the reverse Oil on canvas 26 1/2 by 20 1/2 in. 67.3 by 52.1 cm. Painted in 1938. Provenance: Hilda Morris, Portland (acquired from the artist); David C. Morris, New York (sold: Sotheby's, New York, February 27, 1990, lot 15); Acquired at the above sale

        Sotheby's
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