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Inscription

upper left reverse, the title, dimensions, and "S.F. MUSEUM" underlined: PHILIP GUSTON / "THE LADDER" 1978 / OIL ON CANVAS / 70X108 / S.F. MUSEUM

Provenance

(David McKee, Inc., New York); purchased January 1980 by Edward R. Broida, Los Angeles; gift 2005 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1980
Philip Guston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Denver Art Museum; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1980-1981, no. 92, pl. 81.
1982
Philip Guston: Paintings 1969-1980, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle, Basel, 1982-1983, no. 30, repro., as The Ladder.
1984
Philip Guston: The Late Works, National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne; The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1984, no. 29, repro.
1989
Philip Guston Retrospective, Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art, Madrid; Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, 1989, no. 60, repro. (followed by U.S. tour through January 1990, organized by the St. Louis Art Museum).
1997
Founders and Heirs of the New York School, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; The Miyagi Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, 1997, no. 58, repro.
2006
Selections from the Collection of Edward R. Broida, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2006, unnumbered brochure, fig. e.
2009
In the Tower: Philip Guston, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2009-2010, no cat.