Philip Evergood, ‘Berkshire Paradise’, 1959, Debra Force Fine Art

Signature: signed Philip Evergood, lower left; dated LIX, lower right; inscribed with title on the stretcher

Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York
[ACA Galleries, New York]
Private collection, acquired directly from the above
[Sale: Bonhams, May, 20, 2015, Lot 71]
Private collection, New York

About Philip Evergood

For Philip Evergood (born Philip Blashki), painting was a form of social protest. In 1923, he studied at the Art Students League under George Luks, where he began painting contemporary life with artists John Sloan and Reginald Marsh. But it was the Great Depression that inspired the most drastic change in the artist’s oeuvre, as he turned to drawing horrific scenes of poverty directly from the city’s streets. At the same time, he became an advocate for social change, serving as managing supervisor of the New York WPA easel project and president of the Artists Union. More concerned with conveying emotion than beautiful composition, and influenced by El Greco, Paul Cézanne, and the Surrealists, he used what he described as “the nasty color or sickly color, the sweet color or violent color or pretty-pretty-dolly color that will express the mood of what I’m trying to put over.”

American, 1901-1973