- Philip Guston Montreal, Canada, 1913 - Woodstock, New York, USA, 1980
- Technique:Black chalk on paper
- Dimensions:Support: 45,3 x 52,5 cm
- Category: Work on paper, Drawing
- Entry date:2008
- Register number:AD05001
After Philip Guston’s time in Abstract Expressionism, the prevailing trend in 1950s America, he returned to figuration with a simplified and poetically charged drawing style. Guston introduced a personal imaginary that connected to universal themes through the perspective of what he considered “the tangible”. His need to get past the physical appearance in order to give his works a deeper content drew him into a process of stylistic development that led towards a new direction inside traditional figurative language which would merge meaning and structure.
His numerous series of drawings show his return to the human figure and objects; he presents the drawings in series and individually, but they always have a tone of absolutes: hooded figures, shoe soles, irons, buildings, books and so on. These are objects that explored the poetic side of the material world around him, providing some response to current events like the Vietnam War and the social and racial conflicts of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which Guston used to map out his vision of reality.
Ruth Gallego Fernández
Philip Guston retrospective / organized by Michael Auping ; with essays by Dore Ashton ... [et al.].Guston, Philip ( 1913-1980)London : Thames & Hudson : Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2003.
Guston, Philip ( 1913-1980)New York : Marlborough Gallery, 1970.
Guston, Philip ( 1913-1980)Washington : Phillips Collection, 1981.
Philip Guston : collected writings, lectures, and conversations / edited by Clark Coolidge ; with an introduction by Dore Ashton.Guston, Philip ( 1913-1980)Berkeley : University of California Press, 2010.