Adolph Gottlieb
Labyrinth No. 2 1950

Artwork details

Adolph Gottlieb 1903–1974
Labyrinth No. 2
Date 1950
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 914 x 1219 mm
frame: 942 x 1247 x 60 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Not on display

Display caption

Gottlieb continued to make pictographs until 1953. (See 'The Alchemist', also in this room.) Many of them resembled early forms of communication, for example Egyptian hieroglyphs. One pictograph was titled 'Letter to a Friend'. Gottlieb's later pictographs show the influence of Paul Klee and a move away from an interest in myth. He stated that during the Second World War he 'just dropped the whole idea of classical mythology as subject matter and decided that the proper subject for me was subjective free-association of images and symbols which I couldn't explain.'

October 1994

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