Catalogue entry

Philip Guston 1913-1980

T00252 The Return 1956-8

Inscribed 'Philip Guston' b.l.
Oil on canvas, 70 1/8 x 78 3/8 (178 x 199)
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1959
Prov: Friends of the Tate Gallery (purchased from the artist through the Sidney Janis Gallery, New York)
Exh: 8 American Painters, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, January 1959 (4, repr.); Philip Guston, Guggenheim Museum, New York, May-July 1962 (56, repr.); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, September-October 1962 (53); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, January-February 1963 (56, repr.); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, March 1963 (53); Los Angeles County Museum, May-June 1963 (56, repr.)
Repr: Horizon, II, No.2, 1959, p.34 in colour; Ronald Alley, Recent American Art (London 1969), pl.6; Terry Measham, The Moderns 1945-1975 (Oxford 1976), pl.18 in colour

Philip Guston told the compiler in 1960 that the title had an associative flavour for him, though he did not wish it to be too specific. He thought of the forms in this picture as being like figures who had been away for some time and who were now returning - jostling each other a little as they came.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.346, reproduced p.346