Lionel Gilbert, ‘Small Flags (Abstracted Still Life)’, ca. 1965, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Lionel Gilbert, ‘Small Flags (Abstracted Still Life)’, ca. 1965, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Lionel Gilbert, ‘Small Flags (Abstracted Still Life)’, ca. 1965, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Lionel Gilbert, ‘Small Flags (Abstracted Still Life)’, ca. 1965, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Lionel Gilbert, ‘Small Flags (Abstracted Still Life)’, ca. 1965, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Lionel Gilbert, ‘Small Flags (Abstracted Still Life)’, ca. 1965, Carrie Haddad Gallery

Larson Juhl black recessed wood frame.
Mid-century modern, abstracted still life with a cubist perspective. A warm palette is used with predominately bright yellow, orange, and grey hues.
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

About Lionel Gilbert

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