Lionel Gilbert, ‘La Bota  (Abstract Still Life)’, 1974, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Lionel Gilbert, ‘La Bota  (Abstract Still Life)’, 1974, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Lionel Gilbert, ‘La Bota  (Abstract Still Life)’, 1974, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Lionel Gilbert, ‘La Bota  (Abstract Still Life)’, 1974, Carrie Haddad Gallery

Mid-century modern, abstracted still life of objects on a table in a cubist perspective with gestural brushstroke qualities.
Unique and distinctive palette of seafoam greens, teals, and grays dominate.
Framed with the original wood striping.

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 right hand corner of canvas

About Lionel Gilbert

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