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.
Oil on canvas
Paper label attached to crossbar, left half, "49. RED CLOTH 1976 78 x 105 1/2"
Upper left verso: PHILIP GUSTON/"RED CLOTH" 1976 OIL ON CANVAS/78 x 105 1/2"
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Bequest of Musa Guston
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.211.2_PS9.jpg)
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