Gottlieb once said "I did have certain symbols that were repeated and carried over from one painting to another. But my favorite symbols were those which I didn't understand." And I suppose that characterizes Gottlieb's career quite well: he began with Expressionism and moved, more and more, towards an extremely simplistic form of Abstract Expressionism. Gottlieb's abstraction is highly stylized, usually conforming to his extremely strong sense of composition.
The Natural Swimming Pool
Sounds in the Night