Expert Voices: Philip Guston’s The Bell


In the captivating artwork The Bell by Philip Guston, intricate brushwork creates a visually complex and dynamic composition. Swift brushstrokes intermingle like ripples in water, adorned with vibrant hues of rusty orange, ochre, saffron yellow, and mauve, adding a lyrical quality to the canvas. The painting balances spontaneity and meticulous structure, revealing a sense of dynamism and transience. Guston's distinctive approach involved painting close to the canvas, emphasizing tactile physicality and textured impasto as powerful elements in his signature. This work represents a pivotal moment in Guston's career, as he ventured into abstraction, showcasing his unique style characterized by densely packed brushstrokes and a play between weight and weightlessness. The Bell by Philip Guston will be featured in Sotheby's Modern Evening Auction on November 13, 2023.

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