Pink Ground, 1972
Screen print on paper
Edition of 150, 24/150
37 x 30 inches

American artist Adolph Gottlieb was born in New York City. He left high school in 1920 to study with John Sloan and Robert Henri at the Art Students’ League. By the mid-thirties, Gottlieb was exhibiting regularly with “The Ten,” a New York group of avant-garde painters. In 1937 he moved to a small community outside Tucson, Arizona with his wife Esther. The change in atmosphere and environment prompted a change in subject matter: he became interested in natural forms that were to feature in his subsequent work. However, the austere surroundings brought on a sense of isolation that prompted his return to New York after two years in the southwest. Over the years, Gottlieb’s canvases became monumental in size as his imagery became increasingly simple. He was concerned with the intensity, nuance and feeling inherent in the juxtaposition of colors. The work was completed in 1972, two years after the artist suffered a stroke that paralyzed his left side and confined him to a wheelchair. He died on March 4, 1974.