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Philip Guston

Drawing for Cellar, 1970

Charcoal on paper
17 3/10 × 24 1/10 in
43.9 × 61.1 cm
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Phillips

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“Guston was locked away in his breeze block studio in Woodstock doing these minimal drawings of the things around him - clocks, shoes, books - that were both figurative and abstract. …

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Signed and dated "Philip Guston "70" lower right; further signed, titled and dated "PHILIP GUSTON “DRAWING FOR CELLAR” 1970" on the reverse
Philip Guston
American, 1913–1980
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Best known for his cartoonish paintings and drawings from the late 1960s onwards, Philip Guston audaciously returned to figuration at the height of Abstract Expressionism. Guston created a lively cast of characters rendered in bold brushwork—sinister, hooded figures reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan; cyclopean heads; and disembodied limbs. Seemingly mundane objects, such as bare light bulbs, shoes, cigarettes, and bricks were also imbued with personal meaning. A muralist with the government-funded Federal Art Project in the 1930s, an Abstract Expressionist in the 1950s and ‘60s, and a figurative painter in the last decades of his life, Guston is regarded as a leading figure in the creation of a new style of painting known as Neo-Expressionism.

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Phillips

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A Discerning Vision
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A Discerning Vision
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“Guston was locked away in his breeze block studio in Woodstock doing these minimal drawings of the things around him - clocks, shoes, books - that were both figurative and abstract. …

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Signature
Signed and dated "Philip Guston "70" lower right; further signed, titled and dated "PHILIP GUSTON “DRAWING FOR CELLAR” 1970" on the reverse
Philip Guston
American, 1913–1980
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Best known for his cartoonish paintings and drawings from the late 1960s onwards, Philip Guston audaciously returned to figuration at the height of Abstract Expressionism. Guston created a lively cast of characters rendered in bold brushwork—sinister, hooded figures reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan; cyclopean heads; and disembodied limbs. Seemingly mundane objects, such as bare light bulbs, shoes, cigarettes, and bricks were also imbued with personal meaning. A muralist with the government-funded Federal Art Project in the 1930s, an Abstract Expressionist in the 1950s and ‘60s, and a figurative painter in the last decades of his life, Guston is regarded as a leading figure in the creation of a new style of painting known as Neo-Expressionism.

Philip Guston

Drawing for Cellar, 1970

Charcoal on paper
17 3/10 × 24 1/10 in
43.9 × 61.1 cm
Bidding closed
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