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Between 1941 and 1953, Abstract Expressionist painter Adolph Gottlieb produced over three hundred paintings that he called the “pictographs.” He divided these canvases into irregular rectangular compartments and then filled each space through free association, inventing symbols and signs,...

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Inscription

Lower center: ADOLPH GOTTLIEB

Provenance

1945, the artist. By 1973, Marlborough Gallery, New York; 1973, sold by the Marlborough Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 12, 1973)

Credit Line

Tompkins Collection—Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund

Copyright

©Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Licensed by VAGA New York, NY

1945

Dimensions

152.4 x 111.76 cm (60 x 44 in.)

Accession Number

1973.599

Medium or Technique

Oil and egg tempera on canvas

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