Harry Gottlieb lithographs for sale

American, 1894-1993

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Coal Pickers -  GOTTLIEB

Coal Pickers
Lithograph, 1937, edition probably about 25. 12 x 15 7/8 in. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. This is a superb impression rich in contrasts. The margins are full. The condition is very good apart from a skilfully repaired tear in the lower margin, outside of the image. Gottlieb produced a number of mining related images during the late 1930s. He was an early pioneer of the artistic screenprint and was employed with the WPA program during this period. His prints exist in small editions.
$1,800

Pittsburgh at Night -  GOTTLIEB

Pittsburgh at Night
Lithograph printed in colors, 1937, very small edition. 13 x 19 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression of this rare print. The condition is fine apart from slight darkening here and there at the extreme outer edges of the sheet. The margins are full. This exceptional print relates to Gottlieb's similarly fine work in the silkscreen medium. Like Harry Sternberg and Blanche Grambs, he spent time in Pennsylvania viewing the factories and meeting the workers and the results were some compelling and memorable prints from the era. As quoted in David Acton's book, A Spectrum of Innovation (1990), page 142, "Although today's viewers may consider an industrial plant ugly, dehumanizing, and environmentally threatening, to Gottlieb and the depression-era Social Realists, a working factory was a thing of potential and awesome beauty."
SOLD

Zinc Plant -  GOTTLIEB

Zinc Plant
Lithograph, 1937, edition probably about 25. 13 1/4 x 17 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine, dark impression printed on cream-colored wove paper. The margins are full. The condition is very good apart from slight darkening along the extreme edges of the sheet and a repaired tear in the upper margin outside of the image. An impression of this print is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and they list it as a WPA print with the date of 1937. Our impression does not have the WPA stamp. Gottlieb produced an almost identical version of this industrial subject as a screenprint. This version is illustrated and discussed in David Acton's book, A Spectrum of Innovation (1990), pages 142-143.
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