Philip Pearlstein’s 1973 painting “Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Pillsbury” is one of his most notable works. The couple is depicted in a studio setting in oil on canvas, measuring 121.9 x 152.4 cm (47 3/4 x 60 in). The painting features a mirrored reflection of Mrs. Pillsbury, which adds to the complexity of the composition.
Pearlstein has gained recognition for his portraits and models in studio settings, employing strong contrasts and vibrant color palettes throughout his career as an artist. He produced over 100 drawings and watercolors documenting his observations and experiences during World War II.
Edmund Pillsbury was a respected American museum director who enhanced the European masterworks collection at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth with acquisitions during his tenure there.