Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share

Peter Saul

Criminal Being Executed, 1964

Oil on canvas
75 × 63 1/10 in
190.5 × 160.4 cm
Location
Austin
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
About the work
Articles
Provenance
Medium
Painting
Image rights
Courtesy Blanton Museum of Art
Peter Saul
American, b. 1934
Follow

A Pop art predecessor who helped pave the way to neo-Surrealism, Peter Saul is known for his luridly colored, contrarian depictions of popular culture and political history. In the 1950s and '60s, reacting against Abstract Expressionism's seriousness and influenced by Surrealist Roberto Matta, Saul began to paint everyday objects like iceboxes, steaks, and toilets in bright colors, along with political works like his series of graphic, cartoonish “Vietnam” paintings (1960s), which though had no clear moral message or political agenda, were evidently anti-Vietnam War. (“I want praise for my art, not for some political opinion I might have,” Saul has said.) Jumbling references like Mickey Mouse, Ethel Rosenberg, and Willem de Kooning, his work also includes darkly humorous self-portraits like Oedipus Junior (1983), in which the artist simultaneously pierces his eye with a paintbrush and castrates himself.

Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
About the work
Articles
Provenance
Medium
Painting
Image rights
Courtesy Blanton Museum of Art
Peter Saul
American, b. 1934
Follow

A Pop art predecessor who helped pave the way to neo-Surrealism, Peter Saul is known for his luridly colored, contrarian depictions of popular culture and political history. In the 1950s and '60s, reacting against Abstract Expressionism's seriousness and influenced by Surrealist Roberto Matta, Saul began to paint everyday objects like iceboxes, steaks, and toilets in bright colors, along with political works like his series of graphic, cartoonish “Vietnam” paintings (1960s), which though had no clear moral message or political agenda, were evidently anti-Vietnam War. (“I want praise for my art, not for some political opinion I might have,” Saul has said.) Jumbling references like Mickey Mouse, Ethel Rosenberg, and Willem de Kooning, his work also includes darkly humorous self-portraits like Oedipus Junior (1983), in which the artist simultaneously pierces his eye with a paintbrush and castrates himself.

Peter Saul

Criminal Being Executed, 1964

Oil on canvas
75 × 63 1/10 in
190.5 × 160.4 cm
Location
Austin
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.