Original thin wood stripping in place of frame.
Mid-century modern, abstracted still life in a cubist perspective. Vivid red hues contrast against a black and dark grey background with blue details. The sharp geometric forms introduced with a cubist style are loosened with free, painterly brushstrokes.
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