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Masquerade

American Art

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Masquerade

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Adolph Gottlieb
American, 1903–1974

Date

1945

Medium

Oil and tempera on canvas

Accession #

2000.201

Dimensions

36 x 24 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 301

Description

Imbued with an ominous foreboding accentuated by its dark tonality, Masquerade is a classic example of Adolph Gottlieb’s pictographic style. Mysterious faces emerge from the depth of the painting as if recalled from a dream. Gottlieb reinforced this work—ostensibly a display of African masks—with earthy hues and textures. At the same time, his title directs attention to the use of masks throughout history and across cultures to act out ancient myths and rituals.

Credit

Purchase with High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund and 20th-Century Art Acquisition Fund

Image Copyright

© Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation/VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York