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During the last decade of his life, Philip Guston made paintings that combined the imagery of his early murals with the gestural brushstroke of his abstract painting of the 1950s. He created narratives in a cartoon-like style, returning repeatedly to certain motifs, all evident here: the solitary light bulb, severed arms and legs, horseshoes, and the soles of hobnailed boots. Brushed in broad strokes and a vivid red palette, the objects set against a curtain in an interior space allude to tragic events, both personal and in the wider world.
- Artist: Philip Guston, American, born Canada, 1913-1980
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1976
- Dimensions: 78 x 105 1/2 in. (198.1 x 268 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Contemporary Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Contemporary Art Galleries, 4th Floor
- Accession Number: 1992.211.2
- Credit Line: Bequest of Musa Guston
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: Philip Guston (American, born Canada, 1913-1980). Red Cloth, 1976. Oil on canvas, 78 x 105 1/2 in. (198.1 x 268 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Musa Guston, 1992.211.2. © artist or artist's estate
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)