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I do not see why the loss of faith in the known image and symbol in our time should be celebrated as a freedom. It is a loss from which we suffer, and this pathos motivates modern painting and poetry at its heart.
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To paint is a possessing rather than a picturing.

— Philip Guston

Usually I am on a work for a long stretch, until a moment arrives when the air of the arbitrary vanishes, and the paint falls into positions that feel destined.

— Philip Guston

I don't know what a painting is; who knows what sets off even the desire to paint? It might be things, thoughts, a memory, sensations, which have nothing to do directly with painting itself. They can come from anything and anywhere.

— Philip Guston

I am a night painter, so when I come into the studio the next morning the delirium is over.

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Look at any inspired painting. It's like a gong sounding; it puts you in a state of reverberation.

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To will a new form is unacceptable, because will builds distortion. Desire, too, is incomplete and arbitrary. These strategies, however intimate they might become, must especially be removed to clear the way for something else ...

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We are image-makers and image-ridden ... We work until we vanish.

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I go to the studio everyday because one day I may go and the Angel will be there. What if I don't go and the Angel comes?

— Philip Guston

You know, comments about style always seem strange to me - 'why do you work in this style, or in that style' - as if you had a choice in the matter ... What you're doing is trying to stay alive and continue and not die.

— Philip Guston

To paint is always to start at the beginning again, yet being unable to avoid the familiar arguments about what you see yourself painting.

— Philip Guston

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