Philip Guston, Couple In Bed (1977)
To talk about being lonely or isolated/cut off is to try and define a shape in the dark- it’s there but you have to figure out what isn’t there and construct things through a negative. The fact that Guston used cartoon-like figures to convey the political and the personal makes sense because what better way to show the world than to use the language that’s native to childhood and the formation of visual understanding?
Interesting take. Learn more about the political themes in Guston’s work in this video.