Adolph Gottlieb (American, 1903-1973)
Pink Ground, 1972
Screen print on paper
Edition of 150, 24/150
37 x 30 inches
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
This rectangular print experiments with the juxtaposition of colors. The background is salmon pink with a pebbly, light texture. There are also tiny ripples of magenta as well, blended with the salmon. This pebble effect is applied on top of a subtle, rosy cream background, only noticeable from a close perspective. At the top of the work is a large magenta circle with rough edges, with ink applied widely and unevenly. Two horizontal parallel rectangles are stacked below the circle in the bottom half of the print. The higher rectangle is bright yellow and the lower one is forest green. The green ink was applied unevenly, resulting in some exposure of salmon beneath the rectangle. A pebbly salmon texture was applied on top of the yellow rectangle. The work is signed in the lower left corner.