Acquired by American Legacy Fine Arts directly from the artist
White roses represent simplicity, elegance, hope, purity–and is a favorite choice of flowers among brides for their wedding bouquets. In the painting, Anticipation, Gottlieb sets his subject amidst an abundance of climbing white roses, making the young woman a part of nature’s beauty. She cautiously and delicately reaches toward a chosen rose. Will she be rewarded with a romantic sweet perfume or pierced by a sharp thorn? Her Chinese dragon-motif dress adds a degree of auspiciousness to the moment of engagement.
“Gottlieb’s personal fascination with interpreting ephemeral, yet deep, thoughts as a form of poetic idealism in painting prompts a distinct art language that merges the worlds of Realism and Impressionism. By applying the classical skills of the Old Masters, his contemporary subjects are given an enigmatic and timeless appeal.”
Director, American Legacy Fine Arts
Adrian Gottlieb: Reflections, American Legacy Fine Arts, Pasadena, July 13 – August 17, 2018
California Art Club’s 107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, June 10 – July 1, 2018
Catalogue, 107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition of the California Art Club, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 2018; pg. 49
Editorial, American Art Collector, June 2018, pg. 122