b. 1913
- d. 1980
  • United States
Turnover 2023
$USD 34.939.236
Record Sale
$USD 25.883.750

Philip Guston’s artistic evolution was marked by an exploration of diverse styles. Starting with his early association with Abstract Expressionism and culminating in his later departure from abstraction, he forged a distinctive visual language that melded elements of cartoonish figuration, dark humor, and a raw, introspective depth.

Guston’s artistic voyage, shaped by his experiences as a muralist during the New Deal and influenced by the socio-political upheavals of his time, prompted him to critically reassess the limitations of abstraction. This introspection led to his radical shift towards a new expressive vocabulary. This new style was characterized by enigmatic forms, personal iconography, and a willingness to grapple with existential and societal questions. His series of “hooded figure” paintings, drawn from his own reflections on identity and the tumultuous Civil Rights era, elicited both admiration and controversy. It showcased his willingness to confront discomfort and challenge conventions.

Despite encountering initial backlash, Guston’s audacious approach eventually gained recognition and admiration, serving as a wellspring of inspiration for a new generation of artists who valued his courage in exploring the intersections of art and reality. Philip Guston’s legacy endures as a testament to his pioneering contributions to the tapestry of 20th-century art.


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Philip GUSTON (1913-1980)
To Fellini (1958)

175.2 x 187.9 cm

New York NY, United States
15 may 2013

Lot # 23
Hammer price: $ 23,000,000
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 25,883,750
Estimate: $ 8,000,000 – $ 12,000,000

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