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    Artist Name:

    Philip Guston

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, born Canada, 1913 – 1980

    Title:

    Painter

    Date:

    1959

    Medium:

    Oil on canvas

    Dimensions:

    65 x 69 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts

    Accession Number:

    74.118

    Copyright:

    © The Estate of Philip Guston

    On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway Level, Gallery 404
    An Abstract Expressionist during the 1950s and 1960s, Philip Guston considered his paintings to be records of spontaneous gesture. In The Painter a dark, imposing form seems to imply both an easel and a figure in motion; the title suggests that this animated form represents the artist himself, involved in passionate, improvisational painting. The figure exemplifies the words of Harold Rosenberg, a critic contemporary with the Abstract Expressionists: “A painting that is an act is inseparable from the biography of the artist. . . . The new painting has broken down every distinction between art and life.”



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