Adolph Gottlieb, ‘Red Ground’, Christie's

Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974)

Red Ground

signed, titled and dated 'Adolph Gottlieb "RED GROUND" 1961' (on the reverse)

oil on paper mounted on canvas

24 x 37 1/2 in. (60.9 x 95.2 cm.)

Painted in 1961.

Signature: signed, titled and dated 'Adolph Gottlieb "RED GROUND" 1961' (on the reverse)

Oberlin College, Allen Memorial Art Museum, A Modern Sensibility: Works from a Private Collection, January-March 1986, no. 8 (illustrated in color on the cover).

Sidney Janis Gallery, New York

Private collection, Ohio

By descent from the above to 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