The Coat II, 1977
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The Coat II is a key work in the Anderson collection. Philip Guston is a unique member of New York School who, unlike the abstract expressionists, abandoned non-representational action painting in favor of his signature whimsical, cartoonish style. The Coat II is perhaps a bodiless and headless self-portrait. The language of Guston—worn out soles of shoes, fleshy pinks, and metallic greys—are at play in this work. This painting is part of a 1977 series “coat” paintings, and a later set of coat lithographs on the same subject.