Philip Guston, ‘Untitled: two prints’, 1963 and 1966, Sotheby's
Philip Guston, ‘Untitled: two prints’, 1963 and 1966, Sotheby's

Property from the Private Collection of Robert Motherwell and Renate Ponsold Motherwell

Each signed in pencil and dated, the first (Tamarind 835) numbered 11/20, the second inscribed 'Artists Proof', an artist's proof aside from the edition of 25, on Rives BFK wove paper, the first with the blindstamp of the printer and publisher, Tamarind Workshop, Los Angeles, the second with the blindstamp of the printer and publisher, Hollander Workshop, New York, framed (2 prints).

the first sheet: 640 by 850 mm 25 1/8 by 33 1/2 in
the second sheet: 555 by 760 mm 21 7/8 by 29 7/8 in

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