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? 
A more recent example of primal, expressive deviation from previously aesthetically slick work is Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library #20. The scene with Lint and his son is chill inducing- Ware’s lead-in of superhuman draftsmanship and storytelling give him the juice to use scratchy overstated figures to convey the deep dark corners of a man’s life.

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? 

A more recent example of primal, expressive deviation from previously aesthetically slick work is Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library #20. The scene with Lint and his son is chill inducing- Ware’s lead-in of superhuman draftsmanship and storytelling give him the juice to use scratchy overstated figures to convey the deep dark corners of a man’s life.

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    Philip Guston Couple In Bed, 1977 (the year I was born)
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    Interesting take. Learn more about the political themes in Guston’s work in this video.
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