This is Philip Guston ⦚ 'A dumb cloud of smoke, a rock, could be anything'

The brilliant 'Stationary Figure' by Philip Guston, 1973, seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

John Baldessari brilliantly discusses Guston's work: “He’s almost a dumb artist, and I’m using dumb in a good way. It’s seemingly clumsy but very sophisticated brushwork." "I guess it comes out of Van Gogh’s painting of a pair of old boots: you don’t need to paint a cathedral, you just need to be an interesting painter."