While in recent years, Adolph Gottlieb has been overshadowed by his friend and colleague Mark Rothko, Gottlieb is still one of the most important and influential American abstract painters.
While Gottlieb had been dedicated to art making since he was a teenager, his aesthetic breakthrough came around 1940 where he establishes his signature abstract symbolic pictorial language.
Within a few years he was one of the key contributors to the group that would define Abstract Expressionism including Arshile Gorky, Hans Hoffmann, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko (with whom he had been working with since 1929)
Gottlieb was one of the first Abstract Expressionist painters to be acquired by major institutions including the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) in 1946 followed by the Guggenheim in 1948.
His work is noted for his iconic forms including "bursts", circles and "labyrinths" - while they appear to be expressionist forms they are often highly symbolic and inspired by primitive art.
Gottlieb is an exceptional colorist and "Pink Ground" is a paradigm of his legacy.
Signature: Signed, numbered and dated 1972 by the artist.
Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
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