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Art of the Day – 02/01/17 (Bombardment, Philip Guston)

Daily Artwork — “Bombardment, Philip Guston, 1937”

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From the museum label:

“Philip Guston painted Bombardment after reading newspaper reports of atrocities carried out during the Spanish Civil War, which began on July 17, 1936, when General Francisco Franco led a military coup against the democratically elected Republican government. The emotionally charged scene, which reflects the artist’s recent exposure to the activist art of the Mexican mural movement, depicts the aerial bombardment of a civilian population by Franco’s warplanes. However, the traditional tondo (circle) format, typically identified with Italian Renaissance painting, suggests that Guston intended to create a universal icon decrying human hatred and destruction rather than a specific commentary on the war in Spain.”

1937 — Bombardment.  Oil paint on Masonite. Social Realism style. Philip Guston (1913-1980).  Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
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Art of the Day – 12/3/13 (City Limits, Philip Guston)

Daily Artwork — “City Limits, Philip Guston, 1969”

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In City Limits, Guston’s hooded characters squeeze into a car, like clowns, as if to go cause trouble in town. His Klansmen often undertook myriad tasks in his paintings, but more than most, this image reflects an aspect of Guston’s original motivation for switching back towards realism: a growing fear at the spread of political disorder and upheaval in America. (Via Wikipaintings)

1969 — City Limits. Oil on Canvas. Neo-Expressionism style. Philip Guston (1913 – 1980).

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Art of the Day – 6/26/13 (Drag – Johnson and Mao, Jim Dine)

Daily Artwork — “Drag – Johnson and Mao, Jim Dine, 1967”

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1967 — Drag – Johnson and Mao. Paper etching. Pop Art style. Jim Dine (1935 – ). Tate Gallery, London, UK.

This double image of the American president LB Johnson and the Chinese leader Chairman Mao humorously subverts the official portrait. (Wikipaintings)
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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Daily Art

 

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Art of the Day – 6/13/13 (Unexpected Visitors, Ilya Repin)

Daily Artwork — “Unexpected Visitors, Ilya Repin, 1884-1888”

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1884-1888– Unexpected Visitors. Oil on Canvas. Realism style. Ilya Repin (1844 – 1930). Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

“… the face of the young man (a political exile who unexpectedly came back home) [was re-painted] four times in search of a proper expression. It is generally believed that by depicting various reaction of young man’s household Repin tried to show diverse but mostly positive attitude of society toward revolutionary movements of that time. Actually, under strict censorship of Czarist Russia, it was a political declaration disguised as an everyday genre scene.(Wikipaintings)
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Posted by on June 13, 2013 in Daily Art

 

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