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Head and Bottle

Philip Guston

Head and Bottle

Philip Guston
  • Date: 1975
  • Style: Neo-Expressionism
  • Series: Cyclops
  • Genre: figurative
  • Tag: allegories-and-symbols

Head and Bottle exemplifies Guston's move away from painting the hooded Klansmen in the late 1960s. He invented this lima-bean shaped Cyclops head, with no body and one giant eye, to represent the all-seeing artist. In this work, the eye scrutinizes a green bottle, studying it as if about to pick up the nearby paintbrush to render it in red paint. The year after he painted this, Guston was hospitalized with exhaustion.

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