Adolph Gottlieb, ‘Man Looking at Woman II’, 1949, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

From the Catalogue

"Today, when our aspirations have been reduced to a desperate attempt to escape from evil and times are out of joint, our obsessive, subterranean, and pictographic images are the expression of the neurosis which is our reality." —Adolph Gottlieb

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed; signed, titled and dated 1949 on the reverse

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Washington, D.C., The Corcoran Gallery of Art; Waltham, Brandeis University, Rose Art Museum, Adolph Gottlieb, February - October 1968
Edmonton Art Gallery; The Vancouver Art Gallery; Calgary, The Contemporain; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Adolph Gottlieb: Pictographs, November 1977 - September 1978
New York, M. Knoedler & Co., Pictographs of Adolph Gottlieb, February - March 1987

Max Kozloff, "Review," The Nation, 4 March 1968

Private Collection, New York
M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York
Private Collection, New York (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