Happy Birthday, Robert Motherwell

Had this birthday fallen during the 1940s, it is likely we would find raising his glass among his New York City peers , , , and . A resident of Greenwich Village, Motherwell was a part of the underground art scene of the city; one he is credited for helping create. Motherwell was both artistic and intellectual (a student of Stanford, Harvard, and Columbia), and although he was the youngest of his group, was a leader of the Abstract Expressionists. “For twenty years I read a book a day, from the time I was seven until I was twenty-seven,” he once said.
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