Lot 150
  • 150

Philip Guston

250,000 - 350,000 USD
162,500 USD
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  • Philip Guston
  • September
  • signed; signed, titled and dated 1960 on the reverse
  • oil on paper mounted to board
  • 30 by 39 in. 76.2 by 99.1 cm.


Gift of the artist to Renate Ponsold Motherwell in 1965


New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, New Paintings by Philip Guston, February - March 1961
New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Philip Guston, May - July 1962, cat. no. 84

Catalogue Note

"Guston laid claim to a special immediacy and intimacy related to 'touch.' The paintbrush was like a sacred tool to Guston...and the flattened horsehairs that protruded from its end were like an extension of his fingers. Guston had his pigments ground to create a particularly creamy consistency, and like thick butter applied to a hard surface, each stroke subtly squeezed out at its edges, creating a micro sculptural effect."

Michael Auping, "Impure Thoughts: On Guston's Abstraction," in Exh. Cat., Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (and traveling), Philip Guston Retrospective, 2003-2005, p. 41