The Guston Foundation will include this work in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Philip Guston.
McKee Gallery, New York Acquired from the above by the present owner
"This was the beginning. They are self-portraits. I perceive myself as being behind a hood...The idea of evil fascinated me...What would it be like to be evil? To plan and to plot? I started conceiving an imaginary city being overtaken by the Klan. I was like a movie director. I couldn't wait, I had hundreds of pictures in mind, and when I left the studio I would make notes to myself, memos: 'Put them all around the table, eating, drinking beer.' Ideas and feelings kept coming so fast; I couldn't stop, I was sitting on the crest of a wave." Philip Guston
This work is in very good condition overall. The colors are bright, fresh and clean. There is light evidence of handling along the edges including a 1-inch vertical hairline loss along the lower right edge. There is a small drip accretion in the upper right corner. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, the aforementioned drip accretion fluoresces but does not appear to be the result of restoration. Framed. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.