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Pictograph-Symbol

A work made of oil on canvas.
Art © The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1942

Artist:

Adolph Gottlieb
American, 1903–1974

About this artwork

Adolph Gottlieb’s Pictograph series, created between 1941 and 1951, represents the artist’s early efforts at reconciling elements of abstraction with an exploration of the subconscious. To make these works, the artist laid down a grid as an organizing structure. Using a process of free association and intuition influenced by the Surrealist technique of automatism, or automatic drawing, he decided to employ symbols to fill the grid. Mining eclectic source material from non-Western cultures and modern art, Gottlieb invented a pictorial language that aimed to represent and convey universal ideas to the viewer.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Adolph Gottlieb

Title

Pictograph-Symbol

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1942

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed: recto: "Adolph Gottlieb" (lower left in black paint); not inscribed on verso

Dimensions

137.2 × 101.9 cm (54 × 40 1/8 in.), without frame

Credit Line

Through prior gift of Society for Contemporary American Art

Reference Number

2003.181

Copyright

Art © The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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