To Philip Evergood, art was a means of social commentary. He observed the world around him and his community, and he spoke through his art of that world. He was keenly aware of the challenges of modern life.
In the middle of the Twentieth Century, art had very much moved away from social commentary. In fact, it was the movement toward abstraction and toward art as a means of portraying beauty unconnected to things or people or events that caused Leonard Baskin to speak with deep regret that art had become an act of cowardice.
There is no cowardice to be found in Evergood’s work. In fact, to modern eyes, works like Aftermath of War may seem unsubtle. But when made, this work was a bold and poignant statement. Sadly, it is as important a message today as it was when Evergood drew it more than five decades ago.
This work is inscribed in pencil, en recto lower left, “To Ziuta Gerst / with love / March 1963”.
When this work arrived in our shop, it had a gallery sticker from the Maria Antoville Gallery en verso. This is an interesting bit of history. In the early 1950s, Maria and Anthony Antoville opened an art gallery, the Henri Antoville Gallery, on Madison Avenue between 63rd and 64th Streets. After Anthony’s death in 1954, Maria changed the name of the art gallery to the Maria Antoville Gallery. It was located at the Gallery 63. We have retained the gallery sticker from the Maria Antoville Gallery.
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