Adolph Gottlieb

Wedge

1961

Artist
Adolph Gottlieb 1903–1974
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1829 x 1219 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented anonymously 1981
Reference
T03276

Not on display

Display caption

Like Rothko, Gottlieb was a member of the New York School of artists, whose work is variously characterised by its abstraction, large fields of colour and attention to the physical act of putting paint on canvas. Gottlieb professed a spiritual closeness to primitive and archaic art, reflected in the iconography of his pictograph paintings of the 1940s. This work is typical of his later, larger paintings, which feature informal shapes, stained, splashed or brushed onto unprimed canvas. Despite their simple forms, these paintings suggest a range of references or moods, including the natural world, spiritual transcendence and volatile or explosive forces.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

T03276 WEDGE 1961

Inscribed ‘Adolph Gottlieb/“WEDGE” #6132/1961/72" × 48"’ on back of canvas
Oil on canvas, 72 × 48 (182.9 × 121.9)
Presented anonymously 1981
Exh: Adolph Gottlieb: Paintings 1959–1971, Marlborough Fine Art, November 1971 (2, repr.in colour); Marlborough Galerie, Zurich, February–March 1972 (2, repr.in colour)

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Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984