Green Rug (1976) by Philip Guston

Green Rug - Philip Guston - 1976

Artwork Information

TitleGreen Rug
ArtistPhilip Guston
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions94 x 68 1/2 in.
Art MovementNeo-Expressionism
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About Green Rug

Green Rug by Philip Guston (1976), belongs to a suite of twenty five lithographs done by the artist. The artwork ruminates on personal aspects of his life and consists of eight titled works. All the impressions feature a green rug which symbolizes both Guston’s Jewish identity and his avant-garde style. It brings together two worlds that were usually kept separated; abstract expressions combined with figurative art. This later expanded to Entrance (1979) which is an example of how attempts at balancing meaning and material are expressed in this set of works. Entrance features a stairway, the entrance lays the path between main subject matter and the illustration’s composition plus techniques used by Guston in earlier works. This explains how raw emotion and talent allowed for commencing realizations which ultimately led to Green Rug’s success.

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