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Red Cloth

Philip Guston

Contemporary Art

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.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1976
DIMENSIONS 78 x 105 1/2 in. (198.1 x 268 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Paper label attached to crossbar, left half, "49. RED CLOTH 1976 78 x 105 1/2"
SIGNATURE Upper left verso: PHILIP GUSTON/"RED CLOTH" 1976 OIL ON CANVAS/78 x 105 1/2"
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.211.2
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Musa Guston
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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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
IMAGE overall, 1992.211.2_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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