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EVERGOOD, PHILLIP (1901-1973)
SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET CORCORAN GALLERY WASHINGTON, D.C.
20th Century American Date: 1950 Size: 50" x 36 1/4" Medium: Egg-oil Varnish Emulsion with Marble Dust and Glass on Canvas
ARTIST - Philip Evergood was born in New York, but educated primarily at Eton and Cambridge in England. His education included music lessons, and he became a good enough musician to play, in concert, with his teacher. In 1921, he decided to study art and went to London to study with Tonks at the Slade School.
Recognition of his talent was sporadic and slow in coming. He taught both music and art to make a living. In 1952, he moved to Southbury, Connecticut.
Evergood is noted for his deliberately awkward drawing and spontaneous bold lines.
PRINT - In this scene of a New York City street, we can almost hear the noise that never stops. In the background, we can see the towers of a bridge that crosses New York's East River. The buildings are lined with fire escapes and television aerials that pierce into the sky, forming a design made of spiky lines. Many people are outside to escape the indoor heat. We see a blind man with a cane; the people sitting on their stoops, or leaning out of windows. We also see children playing hockey in the street. In the distance, almost unnoticed, there are two ambulance attendants placing a patient on a stretcher. The overall feeling of this painting is one of constant activity on the crowded street.
PORTFOLIO B PAIRED WITH:
HOPPER APPROACHING A CITY