Philip Guston, ‘Ochre Painting I’, Christie's

Philip Guston (1913-1980)

Ochre Painting I

signed 'Guston' (lower left); signed again and inscribed 'Philip Guston 112 E. 18th St. N.Y.C.' (on the reverse)

oil on canvas

28 7/8 x 45 3/4 in. (73.3 x 116.2 cm.)

Painted in 1951.

Signature: signed 'Guston' (lower left); signed again and inscribed 'Philip Guston 112 E. 18th St. N.Y.C.' (on the reverse)

New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; London, Whitechapel Art Gallery; Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts and Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Philip Guston, May 1962-June 1963, p. 41, no. 13.

New York, McKee Gallery, Philip Guston: The Fifties, April-June 1995, n. p., no. 2 (illustrated in color).

Kunstmuseum Bonn, Philip Guston: Paintings/Tableaux 1947-1979, January 2001, pp. 64 and 138 (illustrated in color).

R. Smith, "Art Review: A Philip Guston Decade Colored by Red and Pink," _New York Times,_28 April 1995, n.p.

Peridot Gallery, New York

Elinor Poindexter, New York

Acquavella Contemporary Art, New York

Adler Gallery, Los Angeles

Private collection, California, 1980

By descent to the present owner

About Philip Guston

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.

American, 1913-1980, Montreal, Canada, based in New York, New York