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Penelope Gottlieb, ‘Passiflora cearulea’, 2020, Gerald Peters Gallery
Penelope Gottlieb, ‘Passiflora cearulea’, 2020, Gerald Peters Gallery
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Passiflora cearulea, 2020

Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of an Audubon print
38 × 26 in
96.5 × 66 cm
This is a unique work.
$7,500 - 10,000
Location
New York, Santa Fe
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About the work
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Painting
Condition
Excellent
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Initialed on lower right: PG
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Penelope Gottlieb
American, b. 1952
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Penelope Gottlieb upends the genteel conventions of 19th-century nature illustrations, repurposing a taxonomic style of drawing to address environmental crises. Her highly detailed, large-scale compositions recall John James Audubon’s illustrations of birds and flora, but suggest a sense of violence done to the environment with their squirts of red ink and plants’ tendrils binding birds. In other work she incorporates similar subjects but adopts a more psychedelic style, with bursts of floral color in comic book-style explosions. Although the images veer toward the absurd, Gottlieb draws on scientific imagery, rooting her work in serious ecological concern. “They are metaphors for loss; for all the things one tries in vain to retrieve; for anything that’s truly gone,” she has said. “My life’s work is to research and record the lost plants of this planet. Animal extinctions are big news, but people forget about the plants.”

Penelope Gottlieb, ‘Passiflora cearulea’, 2020, Gerald Peters Gallery
Penelope Gottlieb, ‘Passiflora cearulea’, 2020, Gerald Peters Gallery
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About the work
Medium
Painting
Condition
Excellent
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Initialed on lower right: PG
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Included
Penelope Gottlieb
American, b. 1952
Follow

Penelope Gottlieb upends the genteel conventions of 19th-century nature illustrations, repurposing a taxonomic style of drawing to address environmental crises. Her highly detailed, large-scale compositions recall John James Audubon’s illustrations of birds and flora, but suggest a sense of violence done to the environment with their squirts of red ink and plants’ tendrils binding birds. In other work she incorporates similar subjects but adopts a more psychedelic style, with bursts of floral color in comic book-style explosions. Although the images veer toward the absurd, Gottlieb draws on scientific imagery, rooting her work in serious ecological concern. “They are metaphors for loss; for all the things one tries in vain to retrieve; for anything that’s truly gone,” she has said. “My life’s work is to research and record the lost plants of this planet. Animal extinctions are big news, but people forget about the plants.”

Passiflora cearulea, 2020

Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of an Audubon print
38 × 26 in
96.5 × 66 cm
This is a unique work.
$7,500 - 10,000
Location
New York, Santa Fe
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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