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A work made of oil on canvas.
© The Estate of Philip Guston

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Philip Guston
American, born Canada, 1913–1980

About this artwork

In the 1930s, Philip Guston was involved with the mural movement and the work of Mexican artists such as Diego Rivera. On his arrival in New York in 1935–36, he joined the group of artists working for the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Arts Project. He spent the years after World War II developing a personal style that was inspired by both realist and abstract influences. By the early 1950s, he left representational imagery behind entirely, developing a lyrical Abstract Expressionist style that is typified by Rite. His paintings of this period largely consist of irregular blocks of gestural strokes and marks of color floating within the picture plane, often grouped toward the center of the composition. Guston’s most radical shift came in the late 1960s, when he confounded the art world with a new figurative style in which he used blunt cartoon shapes to create a personal iconography.


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Philip Guston




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Oil on canvas


121.9 × 162.6 cm (48 × 64 in.)

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Gift of Society for Contemporary American Art in memory of Beulah Zachary

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© The Estate of Philip Guston

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