Philip Guston

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Painter and printmaker, Philip Guston is best known for his cartoonish work dating from the 1960s. Returning to the figure during the height of the Abstract Expressionist movement (1943-1965), Guston painted mundane objects such as light bulbs, books, shoes, and bricks. Typically, he rendered his subjects in a limited palette featuring shades of red, pink, and white. A leading figure in the Neo-Expressionist movement where artists emphasized human psychology, Guston was a self-taught artist who worked alongside Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Although not immediately well received, Guston's work is now exhibited in major museums worldwide. 

Photo: F. K. Lloyd © The Estate of Philip Guston, courtesy Hauser & Wirth