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Philip Guston (American, 1913–1980)
LOT ID: 76189
Nice, 1966

Lithograph, on wove paper
18.5 х 25.5 in. (46.99 x 64.77 cm.)
Signed, and numbered '1/35' in pencil in the margin on recto.
Print/Casting Year 1966
Edition 1/35
Foundry/Publisher Hollanders Workshop, New York
Lot description
In the 1960s, the then-abstract painter Philip Guston said, “We are image-makers and image-ridden.” It should be no surprise then that the artist shifted styles in 1970, exhibiting new figurative works at the Marlborough Gallery in New York.

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. Guston created this lovely work just two years after painting his social realist pièce de résistance, “Gladiators” (in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and currently on view). During this period, and 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. During this period, the influence of Rivera, Orozco and Siqueros can be seen in Guston’s mural work 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 purely abstract works, 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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