Adolph Gottlieb, ‘Calligraphy’, 1970, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

From the Catalogue

"The later paintings are continuous with the field paintings but move from the monumental to the lyrical. The scale of the field does not diminish in the 70s, but the forms in the field are often smaller in relation to the whole than before. They convey an impression of mobility, as they flare and fade. Gottlieb's color was always varied and subtle apart from his black-and-red paintings, but it is freshly delicate in the late work." —Lawrence Alloway in Sanford Hirsch and Mary David MacNaughton, Eds., Adolph Gottlieb: A Retrospective, New York 1981, pp. 61-62

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed and dated 1970

New York, Marlborough Gallery, Adolph Gottlieb: Works on Paper 1970, February - March 1971

Marlborough Gallery, New York
Dunkelman Gallery, Toronto
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Adolph Gottlieb

Recognized as one of the originators of Abstract Expressionism, painter Adolph Gottlieb drew on mythological and tribal symbols as well as Surrealism to create works that emphatically broke with American Regionalism. Gottlieb’s pictographs possessed primitivist qualities, featuring shapes evocative of cave drawings. His later paintings, such as the well-known Brink from 1959, often employed circular motifs and thick, gestural brushstrokes, which were an integral part of the development of Color Field painting.

American, 1903-1974, New York, New York