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The Art of JAMA
November 10, 2015

UntitledStephen Gilbert

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JAMA. 2015;314(18):1898-1899. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12077

In leaving the literal behind to visually describe the domains of the human psyche, British artist Stephen Gilbert (1910-2007) turned to subject matter that veered far from standard fare. In his paintings he charted feelings that signal emotional state by using symbolic motifs. Although he was a grandson of esteemed sculptor Sir Alfred Gilbert (who created a graceful statue that today soars above passersby in Piccadilly Circus), his own work included curiosities and creature-like forms unlikely to appear in any classical canon or taxonomy text.

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