In 1951, Clyfford Still ended his relationship with commercial galleries. From that time forward, only a select few of his works entered the art market. As a result, the Clyfford Still Museum houses 95 percent of Clyfford Still’s total output, making its collection the most intact body of work by any major artist from any century.
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By the numbers
The collection consists of approximately 830 paintings and more than 2,300 works on paper and sculpture, including:
- 130 paintings dating from 1920–1943: works from Still’s student years, Depression-era works, Surrealist-inspired works, and first forays into abstraction
- 302 paintings dating from 1944–1960: Still’s “breakthrough period” and the years of “high” Abstract Expressionism, an era when many canvases span over ten feet
- 350 paintings dating from 1961–1979: works from the final two decades of his life, created in rural Maryland
- Works on paper spanning all aspects of Still’s career in a wide range of media such as pastel, crayon, charcoal, gouache, tempera, graphite, and pen and ink, as well as fine art prints in a variety of techniques
- 3 carved wood and mixed media sculptures
In addition to the artworks, the Museum is also home to the artist’s archives of letters, sketchbooks, manuscripts, photo albums, and personal effects.