Nationality & Life Dates:
Oil on canvas
84 x 90 inches
Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller
© Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway Level, Gallery 404
Mythic themes and symbols derived from Jungian psychoanalysis dominated Gottlieb's rectilinear "pictographs" of the 1940s and early 1950s. His series of "imaginary landscapes" and "bursts" presents the duality of an earthbound realm and a transcendent cosmological one. Gottlieb, like his fellow Abstract Expressionists, constantly sought inspiration from the subconscious and "the simple expression of the complex thought." Gottlieb's art increasingly became painting about painting—a meditation on the process of applying liquid pigment to canvas.