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Philip Guston (American, 1913–1980)
LOT ID: 76187
Nice, 1966

Lithograph, on wove paper
18.5 х 25.5 in. (46.99 x 64.77 cm.)
Signed, dated and inscribed "Trial Proof" in pencil with the printer's blind stamp in the margin.
Edition Trial Proof aside from 35
Foundry/Publisher Hollanders Workshop, New York
Lot description
An ocre trial proof of the small edition. Strong impression.

In the 1960s, the then-abstract-painter Guston said “We are image-makers and image-ridden”—it should be no surprise that the artist changed camps in 1970, exhibiting new figurative works at the Marlborough Gallery in New York; he had come full circle.

A prominent member of the NY School of Abstract Expressionists during the 1950s and 60s, Canadian-born American Painter Philip Guston (1913-1980) was later known for his strong figurative work, and this lovely still life painting was painted just two years after the artist painted his social realist “Gladiators” (in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and currently on view). During this period—fueled by the WPA’s Social Realism as well as Picasso’s 1940 New York Cubist exhibition—both realist and abstract influences challenged and inspired American artists. The style of Guston’s mural work and the influence of Rivera, Orozco and Siqueros can be seen in his organization of figures in space as well as his use of thin layers of paint during this period; by the late forties Guston’s figuration was disappearing and within ten years he was painting pure abstraction along with the other NY School Abstract Expressionists who exhibited with him at the “9th Street” shows and later at the Stable Gallery.
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