Adolph Gottlieb


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Status, estimate and price of the artist Adolph Gottlieb

Price of a painting: 18,000 – 3,500,000 €.

Estimated value of a drawing: 480 – 158,000 €.

Estimation of a print: 80 – 4,000 €.

Estimate of a tapestry: 2,000 – 11,000 €.

Estimation of a sculpture: 51,000 – 63,000 €.

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“The Ten”

Adolph Gottlieb is an American painter born in 1903 in New York. He began his art studies at an early age at the Art Student League, under the guidance of teachers such as Robert Henri and John Sloan. He moved to Europe at the age of 17 where he studied theory and painting at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. There he discovered the greats of the time: Fernand Léger, Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse. The latter had a particular influence on his technique, especially the way he used colour. He returned to the United States in 1922 and resumed his studies there. At the same time, he studied at the Pearsons School of Design and joined a group of avant-garde artists who later became known as “The Ten”, including Ilya Bolotowsky and Mark Rothko. The Dudensing Gallery in New York hosted his first exhibition in 1930.

Early fame

Like many young artists of his generation, Gottlieb worked until 1937 for the Work Progress Administration, thanks to the Federal Art Project employing sculptors and painters to decorate public buildings. He travelled to Arizona for almost a year and in 1939 he returned to New York where he produced his first works in his own style, the Pictographs (Pictograph, 1942). Since then Gottlieb’s work has been an integral part of that of the pioneers of the New York School. The artist produced several famous series such as the Imaginary Pyasages, which he exhibited at the Koots Gallery from 1947 to 1954. Also noteworthy is the series of explosions from 1960 onwards, the last major series produced by the artist, which is exhibited at the Sydney Janis Gallery.

International success

In 1936 he received the prize at the Sao Paulo Biennale and taught at the Pratt Institute and at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Gottlieb is little known in France, like some of his colleagues such as Jackson Pollock or Rothko. Only one exhibition was devoted to him in Paris in 1959 at the Rive Droite gallery. He is nevertheless an important artist in post-war American abstract painting.

If in a first period, his painting – with the series of pictographs in particular – approaches esotericism and the figurative, taking inspiration from artists such as Miro and the painting of the North American Indians, he radically simplified his representations with his series of imaginary landscapes made in the 1950s, practising at that time a chromatic and expressionist abstraction. With his explosions, his style is similar to Rothko’s in their use of colour variation, the play of thickness and material and the opposition of forms.

Recognising Adolph Gottlieb’s signature

Like many artists, Adolph Gottlieb did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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