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Modern Art Monday Presents: Philip Guston, Gladiators

philip guston gladiators photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

Philip Guston created Gladiators (1940) in a style that merged Renaissance figure painting with what he called “cubist conceptions of space.” While working on Gladiators, Guston was also painting murals in New York as part of the Works Progress Administration program. The theme of fighting children seen here is adapted from Work and Play, a mural the artist completed in the lobby of the Queensbridge housing project in Long Island city, Queens, in 1940. Soon there after, Guston transitioned away from murals to the easel painting and abstract works for which he would later gain prominence.

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.