Philip Guston, ‘Untitled’, Christie's

Philip Guston (1913-1980)


signed and dated 'Philip Guston 1960' (lower edge)

ink on paper

17 7/8 x 23 7/8 in. (45.4 x 60.6 cm.)

Drawn in 1960.

Signature: signed and dated 'Philip Guston 1960' (lower edge)

New York, DC Moore Gallery, The Reflective Image: American Drawings and Watercolors 1910-1960, January 1999.

McKee Gallery, New York

Private collection, Baltimore, 2000

Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 9 May 2012, lot 215

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