Philip Guston, ‘Sleeper III’, Christie's

Philip Guston (1913-1980)

Sleeper III

signed, titled and dated 'PHILIP GUSTON "SLEEPER III" 1960' (on the reverse

oil on paperboard mounted on masonite

29 3/4 x 40 in. (75.5 x 101.6 cm.)

Painted in 1960.

Signature: signed, titled and dated 'PHILIP GUSTON "SLEEPER III" 1960' (on the reverse

David McKee Gallery, New York

B.C. Holland Inc., Chicago

Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago

Lynn and Allen Turner, Chicago

Private collection, London

Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 14 May 2008, lot 213

Acquired at the above sale by 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