Adolph Gottlieb (1903 – 1974)

Adolph Gottlieb (March 14, 1903 – March 4, 1974) was an American abstract expressionist painter, sculptor and graphic artist.

His last series, Burst, was started in 1957, in which Gottlieb simplifies his representation down to two shapes; discs and winding masses. His paintings are variations with these elements arranged in different ways. This series, unlike the Imaginary Landscape series, suggests a basic landscape with a sun and a ground. On another level, the shapes are so rudimentary they are not limited to this one interpretation. [Wikipedia]

‘Cool Blast’ sold for US$6,537,000 in a 1977 Christies auction:

'Cool Blast' 1960

‘Cool Blast’ 1960


Further information about the artist and his philanthropic legacy can be found at the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation website:

Adolph Gottlieb

Adolph Gottlieb


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