Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

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Drypoint on off-white laid paper

Only state

Print impression quality: Excellent, with plate tone

Dimensions (Plate): 175 x 127 mm (6.9 x 5 in.)

Dimensions (Sheet): 243 x 195 mm (9.6 x 7.7 in.)

Signed in pencil, lower right: “Adolph Gottlieb”; inscribed, lower left: “Augury” and numbered “1/15”

Edition: 15 (presumably fewer actually printed, according to Charles Young)

Accession number: 1998.21.1

Friends of the Davison Art Center funds, 1998

Provenance / Collectors' marks: The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Collection, New York

Augury reflects Gottlieb’s experimentation with the Surrealist techniques of automatic drawing and free association. Gottlieb called his works of the 1940s Pictographs and employed a flat grid to eliminate the last vestiges of illusionistic space, incorporating drawings of signs, figures, and eyes.

Bibliography: G.F. 4650P; Associated American Artists 22

Work Type: print

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