Red Ground, Maroon Disc

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Adolph Gottlieb

American, 1903 - 1974

Red Ground, Maroon Disc, n.d.

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Silkscreen on paper

Dimensions: 21 1/2 × 16 in. (54.6 × 40.6 cm)

Museum purchase through the Acquisitions Fund, 1967.24

Adolph Gottlieb was a first-generation Abstract Expressionist, a group of artists that emerged in New York in the 1950s. The Abstract Expressionists broke with the European tradition of painting by creating canvases that did not represent recognizable subjects or familiar themes of religion or history. These paintings celebrate the individual's experience of the world; each canvas is completely unique and unable to be recreated, and viewers of each one of these paintings will experience something different in them.In addition to painting, Gottlieb was also a printmaker. In Red Ground, Maroon Disc, Gottlieb creates a nonobjective image in which shape and color are the subject matter. A contrast is created between the sharp, irregular lines of the bottom shape, which implies motion, and the geometric quiet and simplicity of the floating circle.

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