Philip Guston, ‘Untitled’, 1961, Heritage Auctions
Philip Guston, ‘Untitled’, 1961, Heritage Auctions
Philip Guston, ‘Untitled’, 1961, Heritage Auctions

Trial Proof 2/2

Condition Report: Discoloration to paper; paper feels brittle; large horizontal crease in lower margin; loss of upper left corner. Framed.

Signature: Dated and numbered in pencil in lower right

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

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