Ride, Philip Guston
Philip Guston
Ride
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Philip Guston

Ride, 1969


Dimensions
132.0 x 152.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2446
Acquisition
Acquired in 2014 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display

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About the Work

Two comic-like figures are shown against a blue background, which in no way opens up the pictorial space, overlaying it instead with a gloomy, leaden undertone. The hooded figures in the car are reminiscent of members of the Ku Klux Klan. The racist secret society brutally persecuted people in California too, where Guston lived with his Russian Jewish family from 1919 on. This double portrait of two Ku Klux Klan figures actually shows the artist and his wife and is thus both the embodiment of everyday evil and a part of his own past. The smoking cigar in the hobgoblin-like fingers turns the image into a sarcastic memento mori - an allusion to the transient nature of life. The figures are a sign of Guston's search for a place and meaning in our world and testify to his own artistic origins: the serially arranged cotton-wool clouds reference the sequences in Minimal art, while the gestural background points to his own early works during the 1950s.

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Basic Information

Title
Ride (Original Title)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts: Philip Guston

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Philip Guston
Acquisition
Acquired in 2014 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

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Primary
  • 48C513 portrait, self-portrait of painter
  • 61B2(GUSTON, Philip)12 historical person (GUSTON, Philip) - historical person (GUSTON, Philip) in a double-portrait
  • 61BB2(McKIM, Musa)12 historical person (McKIM, Musa) - BB - woman - historical person (McKIM, Musa) in a double-portrait
  • 31A235 sitting figure
  • 41D221(HOOD) head-gear: hood
  • 46A422 Ku Klux Klan and similar organizations
  • 24F firmament, sky
Secondary
Associative

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20.08.2019