Formal and Iconographic Analysis of Philip Guston’s “Night Children”
Formal and Iconographic Analysis of Philip Guston’s “Night Children”.
Philip Guston’s Night Children (1946) is a piece of work available at the Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase College, gifted by Roy R. Neuberger. In this Proseminar Art History class assignment, we choose a painting to make a Formal Analysis , followed by an Iconographic Analysis, in order to produce a final paper. Philip Guston is well known by his later career cartoonish paints, although he has a long trajectory before this period. Due to the lack of references and available sources on the work to be analyzed, parallels with the work “This Be Not I”, completed a year earlier, and featuring similar theme and style, will be explored. In Night Children, one of the children wears a shirt containing some barely identifiable letters. My thesis is that this is the word “deal” stylized in Coca-Cola brand mode. The purpose of this article, besides addressing the formal analysis of this particular Guston’s work, is to list the iconographic elements and relate them to the artist’s context and visions, especially his possible criticism of Roosevelt’s “New Deal”.  https://medium.com/@vaibhavmehta/concepts-of-understanding-paintings-through-formal-elements-by-heinrich-wlfflin-d669c7a69659
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