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Beside the Sea No. 1, 1962

Oil on paper
29 × 23 in
73.7 × 58.4 cm
location
New York
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Dedalus Foundation
New York
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Motherwell's Beside the Sea series was a response to the way the sea at high tide broke against …

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Motherwell's Beside the Sea series was a response to the way the sea at high tide broke against the bulkhead near his Provincetown studio in a violent spray. Both the colors and the forms of this painting occupy a terrain that is somewhere between description and metaphor: the skeins of splashed paint that rise …

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Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
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© Dedalus Foundation, Inc./Licensed by VAGA. New York, NY
Robert Motherwell
American, 1915–1991
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Alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell is considered one of the great American Abstract Expressionist painters. His esteemed intellect not only undergirded his gorgeous, expressive paintings—frequently featuring bold black shapes against fields of color—but also made Motherwell one of the leading writers, theorists, and advocates of the New York School. He forged close friendships with the European Surrealists and other intellectuals over his interests in poetry and philosophy, and as such served as a vital link between the pre-war avant-garde in Europe and its post-war counterpart in New York, establishing automatism and psychoanalysis as central concerns of American abstraction. "It's not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous," Motherwell said. "It's more like you blurt something out and then analyze it.

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Dedalus Foundation
New York
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Motherwell's Beside the Sea series was a response to the way the sea at high tide broke against …

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Motherwell's Beside the Sea series was a response to the way the sea at high tide broke against the bulkhead near his Provincetown studio in a violent spray. Both the colors and the forms of this painting occupy a terrain that is somewhere between description and metaphor: the skeins of splashed paint that rise …

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Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Image rights
© Dedalus Foundation, Inc./Licensed by VAGA. New York, NY
Robert Motherwell
American, 1915–1991
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Alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell is considered one of the great American Abstract Expressionist painters. His esteemed intellect not only undergirded his gorgeous, expressive paintings—frequently featuring bold black shapes against fields of color—but also made Motherwell one of the leading writers, theorists, and advocates of the New York School. He forged close friendships with the European Surrealists and other intellectuals over his interests in poetry and philosophy, and as such served as a vital link between the pre-war avant-garde in Europe and its post-war counterpart in New York, establishing automatism and psychoanalysis as central concerns of American abstraction. "It's not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous," Motherwell said. "It's more like you blurt something out and then analyze it.

Beside the Sea No. 1, 1962

Oil on paper
29 × 23 in
73.7 × 58.4 cm
location
New York
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