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Philip Guston, American, (1913–1980)
Duarte Fresco (detail), 1936
Graphite on Paper
22 3/4 in. x 14 9/16 in. (57.79 cm x 36.99 cm)


Object Type: Drawing
Technique: Drawing
Creation Place: North America, USA
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Jean Goodwin Ames
Accession Number: 76.8.1


Exhibitions
Mt. San Antonio College, "Art of the 1930's," Nov. 17, 1981-Dec. 18, 1981.

Medium
Pencil (graphite) drawing on white paper.

Object Description
Pencil sketch of a portrait of a nude baby in a shell, detail study for the Duarte Fresco.

Born in Montreal in 1913, Guston grew up in Los Angeles and was primarily self-taught, except for a brief period of study at the Otis Art Institute. His major influences were modernist Lorser Feitelson and Mexican muralist, Jose Clemente Orozco.

In 1935, Guston went to New York City and became well known for his representational art, including murals for the 1939 World’s Fair. It was during this period that he produced this drawing, which was a study for the large fresco in Duarte, California, one of Guston’s most important early works.

(Kirk Delman, Williamson Gallery Registrar)

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