Moreover, on the canvas, some patches of earth tones are visible and this can be interpreted as streams of water. The entire image appears to be immersed in a large water body, probably an ocean. A short distance from the pale brown colored patches, there is a green patch which looks more of vegetation. The vegetation seems to be similarly immersed in water. Despite this, the vegetation looks health and easily distracts attention from the shapeless pale brown images.
There is a thick line that runs vertically on the canvas dividing the canvas into two equal portions. On the left side of the canvas, there is a formless figure which looks more of a replication of the image on the right side. This indicates the artist’s prowess in utilizing negative space in creating a masterpiece that communicates the intended meaning without diluting the message or controlling the audience’s mind by providing any kind of realistic information in the image; not even the title can help in making any meaningful interpretations.
I strongly believe that through PH-244 of 1953 Still wanted to express the way life was changing in America. The pale brown patches imply the hardship that Americans, particularly the blacks, were undergoing in America, and the green patch denotes a land where all suffering Americans were eagerly eyeing for. For many Americans, during the time of the painting, life had lost meaning, and Still decided to use his artistic prowess in championing for their liberation and equal treatment. Clyfford Still made the image more abstract and avoided giving any meaningful title so that it could have a large audience which could associate themselves with the occurrences in America during the 1950s. PH-244 of 1953 portrays abstraction at its best.
In the second image, Still uses some red patches, black color, white and brown to create the image