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Room 112

Philip Guston, American (born Canada), 1913–1980
Oil on canvas
Made in
New York, New York, United States, North and Central America
Current Location
On View, Gallery 257
62 x 68 1/2 in. (157.5 x 174 cm)
framed: 62 1/4 x 68 3/4 in. (158.1 x 174.6 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pulitzer Jr.
© [year of publication] Estate of Philip Guston
Object Number
Clustered networks of blue, green, red, black, and ochre converge in this canvas as if drawn together by a gravitational force. “Room 112” represents Philip Guston’s distinctive approach to Abstract Expressionism. After leaving his teaching post at Washington University in St. Louis in 1947, Guston set aside figural painting to pursue gestural abstraction as seen here. The artist would later grow disenchanted with abstraction and eventually return to representational imagery.
- 1958
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY, acquired from the artist

1958 - 1966
Joseph Pulitzer Jr. (1913-1993) and Louise Vauclain Pulitzer (d.1968), St. Louis, MO, purchased from Sidney Janis Gallery [1]

1966 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by Joseph Pulitzer Jr. and Louise Vauclain Pulitzer [2]

[1] Joseph Pulitzer Jr. purchased the work from the Sidney Janis Gallery, November 11, 1958 [Chetham, Charles Scott. "Modern Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture Collected by Louise and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr." Cambridge, MA: Fogg Art Museum, vol. 3, 1971, cat. 180, p. 438-9].

[2] Deed of Gift, dated December 28, 1966 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, January 12, 1967.
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