Lot 134
  • 134

Adolph Gottlieb

200,000 - 300,000 USD
298,000 USD
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  • Adolph Gottlieb
  • Hidden Image
  • signed; signed, titled and dated 1950 on the reverse
  • oil on canvas
  • 42 by 54 in. 106.7 by 137.2 cm.


Collection of the artist
Esther Gottlieb, New York
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, New York
PaceWildenstein, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner


New York, Kootz Gallery, Gottlieb: New Paintings, January 1951
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 146th Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, January - February 1951
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Washington, D.C., The Corcoran Gallery of Art; Waltham, Rose Art Museum, Adolph Gottlieb, February - October 1968, p. 49, illustrated
Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection; Portland Museum of Art; The Brooklyn Museum; Little Rock, The Arkansas Art Center, The Pictographs of Adolph Gottlieb, September 1994 - January 1996, cat. no. 59, p. 126, illustrated in color
Berlin, Raab Galerie, Adolph Gottlieb, October 1996 - January 1997
New Britain Museum of Art; Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois, Krannert Art Museum; Coral Gables, University of Miami, Lowe Art Museum; Palo Alto, Stanford University, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, The Beginning of Seeing: Tribal Art and the Pictographs of Adolph Gottlieb, October 2002 - January 2004, cat. no. 33, p. 53, illustrated in color
New York, PaceWildenstein, Adolph Gottlieb: Pictographs 1941-1951, October - December 2004, cat. no. 30, illustrated in color


"Dynamik und Ruhe," Die Welt, 26 November 1996, illustrated
David Cohen, "Paying Tribute to an American Mythmaker," The New York Times, 3 December 2004, p. E41
Donald Kuspit, "Adolph Gottlieb: PaceWildenstein," Artforum, March 2005, p. 237 (text)

Catalogue Note

"The role of the artist, of course, has always been that of image-maker. Different times require different images. Today when our aspirations have been reduced to a desperate attempt to escape from evil, and times are out of joint, our obsessive, subterranean and pictographic images are the expression of the neurosis which is our reality. To my mind certain so-called abstraction is not abstraction at all. On the contrary, it is the realism of our time."

Adolph Gottlieb