Crimson Ground, 1972
Lithograph in colors
38.9 x 30 in
Unframed dimensions: 24 x 19 in.
Number 103 out of 150. Signed "Adolph Gottlieb 1972" lower left.
Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974) was one of the founding fathers of the abstract expressionist movement in New York City. This lithograph is from one of his most well-known bodies of work called the Burst Series. From the artist:
"After doing the imaginary landscapes until say 1956, in ’57 I came out with the first Burst painting… There was a different type of space than I had ever used and it was a further clarification of what I was trying to do. The thing that was interesting that it was a return to a focal point, but it was a focal point with the kind of space that existed in traditional painting. Because this was like a solitary image or two images that were just floating in the canvas space. They had to hold the space and they also had to create all the movement – that took place within the rectangle."
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