Shapes : Philip Guston

Over time I have become really interested in shapes, and why some artists have a bee in their bonnet about certain shapes which appeal and intrigue, frustrate or mystify – Cezanne and his mountain, for example.



Philip Guston



During a visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in 2017, I was also introduced to the work of Philip Guston and his paintings of war.  He repeated his shapes of hobnailed boots and legs as metaphors in his later work, which became less abstract and more representational.  My favourite works of Guston’s are his Low Tide (a snippet of which is shown here from the Royal Academy of Arts publication on Abstract Expressionism 2016-2017), and Walking Dream with Four Foot Clamp.

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