Biographical Information:

1903 Born, March 14, in New York


1919 Left high school; enrolled in Art Students League. Studied painting

under John Sloan; attended lectures of Robert Henri


1921 Worked his passage to Europe

Attended sketch classes at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere,

Paris; traveled to Berlin and Munich


1923 Returned to New York. Finished high school, and Studied at Parsons

School of Design, The Art Students League, Cooper Union and the

Educational Alliance Art School


1929 Awarded joint prize in the Dudensing National Competition


1930 Shared in two-person exhibition at Dudensing Galleries, New York


1932 Married Esther Dick


1935 Became a founding member of "The Ten," a group devoted to

expressionist and abstract painting. Purchased five African sculptures


1936 Employed as an easel painter on WPA Federal Art Project


1937 Moved to the desert, near Tucson, Arizona through June, 1938


1939 Won U.S. Treasury sponsored nationwide mural competition;

commissioned to paint a mural for the post office in Yerrington, Nevada


1941 Begins to develop "Pictographs"


1942 First “Pictograph” exhibited in second annual exhibition of the

Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, in May, at Wildenstein

Galleries, New York. First solo exhibition of Pictographs: Adolph

Gottlieb: Paintings, Artists Gallery, NY, opened December 28.


1943  Founding member of "New York Artist Painters," a group of abstract

painters, including Mark Rothko, John Graham and George Constant.

Co-authored letter with Mark Rothko, published in The New York Times (June 13), 

which is the first formal statement of concerns of the Abstract Expressionist artists.


1944 Awarded First Prize, Brooklyn Society of Artists, Annual Exhibition.

President of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors (through 1945).


1945 Guggenheim Museum purchased eleven paintings and one gouache