Larson Juhl Black wood recessed frame.
Mid-century modern, abstracted still life with a cubist perspective. Iconic cubist still life imagery of fruit on a table is created with gestural brushstrokes of a palette of pink, green, brown, beige, and black.
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 recent 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. The works here on display call to mind Matisse, Braque, and Leger in their cubist sensibility and handling of space.
Signature: signed "Lionel Gilbert", lower left hand corner