Lionel Gilbert, ‘Blue City (Abstracted Cityscape)’, 1970, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Lionel Gilbert, ‘Blue City (Abstracted Cityscape)’, 1970, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Lionel Gilbert, ‘Blue City (Abstracted Cityscape)’, 1970, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Lionel Gilbert, ‘Blue City (Abstracted Cityscape)’, 1970, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Lionel Gilbert, ‘Blue City (Abstracted Cityscape)’, 1970, Carrie Haddad Gallery

Thin wood stripping on sides.
Monochromatic, abstracted cityscape skyline created with a palette of varying blue hues. Buildings are suggested with short, determined brushstrokes and reduced to simple geometric shapes.

Lionel Gilbert moved back and forth between abstraction and figuration, at once describing specific objects and presenting flat, unrecognizable forms. The artist, born in 1912, was a prolific painter from the nineteen-thirties until his death. For years, Gilbert worked as a mural artist and an illustrator, creating images that not only represented reality, but documented history. In the sixties, Gilbert’s direction shifted: no longer using the paint to tell stories, Gilbert began to explore what the paint itself—its materiality, color—can reveal, independent of its descriptive capacity. Gilbert's work calls to mind Matisse, Braque, and Leger in their cubist sensibility and handling of space.

Signature: signed Lionel Gilbert, lower left hand corner

About Lionel Gilbert

American, 1912-2002, Newark, NJ, based in New York, NY, United States