Adolph Gottlieb. Pictograph. c. 1945

Adolph Gottlieb Pictograph c. 1945

  • Not on view

In 1941, Gottlieb began a series of works that came to be known as pictographs, including the one on view here. Often featuring boxlike structures or grids, these paintings, drawings, and etchings offer a synthesis of material as diverse as classical mythology, modern psychoanalytic theory, Oceanic, Melanesian, Native American, and African cultures, and contemporary art and literature. In these works, which feature a range of faces, shapes, and forms, Gottlieb hoped to create a unifying, universal visual language that could be understood by all humanity across time and geography.

Gallery label from Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War, October 24, 2015-March 20, 2016.
Etching and aquatint
plate: 7 15/16 x 9 15/16" (20.1 x 25.2 cm); sheet (irreg.): 9 7/16 x 12 5/16" (24 x 31.3 cm)
the artist
the artist
Riva Castleman Endowment Fund
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© Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
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