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Philip Pearlstein

Nudes and Other Landscapes

February 27 - August 7, 2020

Image of Two Models with Carousel Giraffe and Le Corbusier Chair

Two Models with Carousel Giraffe and Le Corbusier Chair, 2020

Oil on canvas

60 x 60 in.


Image of Study for Oil Painting 'Imperial Palace #4'

Study for Oil Painting 'Imperial Palace #4', 2011

Ink wash on paper

18 x 27 in.


Image of Imperial Palace #4

Imperial Palace #4, 1960

Oil on canvas

48 x 58 in.


Image of Two Models with Decorative Fan

Two Models with Decorative Fan, 2019
Oil on canvas
60 x 48 in.

Image of View Toward Positano, The Siren Islands

View Toward Positano, The Siren Islands, 1973
Oil on Canvas
47 1/2 x 47 1/2 inches
Signed and dated lower left

Image of Portrait of Rosamund Morley Storr

Portrait of Rosamund Morley Storr, 2002
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 inches

Image of Model in Robe with Burmese Marionette

Model in Robe with Burmese Marionette, 2019
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 in.

Image of Two Models with Two African Antelope Headdresses

Two Models with Two African Antelope Headdresses, 2019
Oil on canvas
48 x 48 in.

Image of Jerusalem, Kidron Valley

Jerusalem, Kidron Valley, 1987-88
Heliorelief with roulette on wood
40 x 119 in.

Image of Positano 1

Positano #1, 1960

Oil on canvas

64 x 96 in.


Image of Nude with Peacock Kimono

Nude with Peacock Kimono, 1988
Oil on canvas
72 x 60 in.

Image of Mosque and New Construction, Tel Aviv

Mosque and New Construction, Tel Aviv, 1997
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in.

Image of At Las Golondrinas

At Las Golondrinas, 1994
Watercolor on paper
29 1/2 x 41 1/2 in.

Image of Temple of Hatsheput

Temple of Hatsheput, 1979
Watercolor on paper
29 x 41 in.

Image of Pagan, Burma

Pagan, Burma, 1997-1998
Watercolor on paper
22 1/2 x 30 1/4 in.

Image of John Roebas

John Roebas, 2019
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 in.

Image of View Over Soho Manhattan

View Over Soho Manhattan, 1978

Etching and aquatint on paper

30 x 40 in.


Image of Stonehenge

Stonehenge, 1979
Watercolor on paper
30 1/4 x 39 in.

Image of Nudes, Popeye and Peruvian Pot

Nudes, Popeye and Peruvian Pot, 1992

Oil on canvas

56 x 64 in.


Image of The Sphinx

The Sphinx, 1979
Etching and aquatint
28 1/2 x 40 1/2 in.

Image of Julia Pearlstein

Julia Pearlstein, 2019
Oil on canvas
18 x 24 in.

Image of Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat, 1997-1998
Watercolor on paper
22 1/2 x 30 1/4 in.

Image of Palmyra

Palmyra, 1993
Watercolor on paper
18 1/8 x 24 in.

Image of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, 1978-1979
Aquatint and etching
28 1/2 x 40 in.

Image of The Capture

The Capture, 1954

Oil on canvas

48 x 40 in.


Image of Portrait of Al Held and Sylvia Stone, 1968

Portrait of Al Held and Sylvia Stone, 1968
Oil on Canvas
66 x 72 inches

Image of Model on Eames Chair with African Drum and Mask

Model on Eames Chair with African Drum and Mask, 2018

Oil on canvas

34 x 26 in.


Press Release

Betty Cuningham Gallery is pleased to open Nudes and Other Landscapes which includes a selection of paintings, watercolors and prints created between 1954 and 2020. The artist will be present for an opening reception on Thursday, February 27th, from 6-8 PM.


Philip Pearlstein is synonomous with figure painting - particularly nude figures, often surrounded by objects from Pearlstein’s vast collection of art and americana that is housed within the artist’s New York City Studio. However as much as he is a voracious collector, he is also an avid traveler. Throughout his nearly 75 year career, Pearlstein has also painted many famous landscapes from direct observation. Over the years these landscapes have been paid much less attention by critics, even though Pearlstein approaches these works in the very same way he approaches his acclaimed figures. Pearlstein has explained: “I see the figure as landscape; the landscape as figure – they’re the same!” In this exhibition, figures and landscapes are juxtaposed, underscoring Pearlstein’s commitment to painting exactly what is in front of him, precisely what his eyes see, without an ounce of narative or idealization.


Philip Pearlstein, born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1924, received a BFA from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949 and an MA from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts in 1955. He had his first solo show at Tanager Gallery in 1955. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant, 1968; a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, 1969; election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1982 for which he served as President from 2003 – 2006; and recently the Icon Award in the Arts from the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT. Pearlstein has received Honorary Doctorates from: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; Brooklyn College, Brooklyn; College of Art & Design, Detroit; New York Academy of Arts, New York; and Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT.


Pearlstein’s work is in many museum collections, most notably: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Morgan Library and Museum, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.


The current exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue that includes Pearsltein’s antecdotes about the odd situations in which he found himself during his travels.