Philip Guston Black Sea 1977

Artwork details

Artist
Philip Guston 1913–1980
Title
Black Sea
Date 1977
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1730 x 2970 mm
frame: 1780 x 3025 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
T03364
Not on display

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The heel of a shoe sits like an enigmatic monument above a green stretch of water. The shape of the heel is similar to forms depicted by Guston in his earlier abstract paintings. Guston did not define the meaning of his images and considered that each one held an array of different possible meanings. He said: 'When you paint things they change into something else, something totally unpredictable.'

August 2004

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