Sometimes a work of art has so much going on that it demands to be talked about. That’s certainly the case with Philip Evergood’s 1928 oil painting M.T. Florinsky, D.S. Mirsky and the Pidget, Lot 166 in LAMA’s May 22, 2016 auction of Modern Art & Design. The painting is fascinating and perplexing, just like the artist himself. Despite his orthodox training, Evergood painted fantastical imagery in a deliberately naïve style. M.T. Florinsky, D.S. Mirsky and the Pidget was the first Evergood painting to manifest those keynotes, and when the Whitney Museum of American Art mounted a survey of his work in 1960, it was the first picture in the exhibition catalogue.
May 20, 2016