Adolph Gottlieb, American, 1903-1974, b. New York, New York
Pink and Indian Red, 1946
Oil on canvas
Unframed: 27 3/4 x 35 7/8 inches (70.49 x 91.12 cm) Framed: 29 1/2 x 37 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (74.93 x 95.25 x 3.81 cm)
Purchase: acquired through the generosity of the William T. Kemper Foundation---Commerce Bank, Trustee, 2004.38
Art © Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Location: Gallery L2
Pink and Indian Red was created in the first of Adolph Gottlieb’s mature styles: the Pictographs. During this period, Gottlieb and many of his fellow painters responded to Swiss psychiatrist C. G. Jung's notions about archetypal images and the collective unconscious. The simple, archetypal forms in this painting are related to those found on prehistoric cave walls, in African and Oceanic art, in American Indian art and in the art of ancient Egypt and Assyria. This underscores Jung’s idea that all cultures share an intuitive vocabulary of fundamental forms and symbols. The painting's rich, earthy palette, primal forms, loose grid and shallow space mark it as a key work within the mythmaking phase of Abstract Expressionism.