Robert Motherwell, ‘Brush Elegy’, 1958, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Signature: Signed upper right 'RM'

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, Robert Motherwell: Black, 24th June - 11th September 2015.
Dominique Levy Gallery, New York, Robert Motherwell: Elegy to the Spanish Republic, 4 November 2015 - 9 January 2016
Galleria D'arte Maggiore, Bologna, Robert Motherwell, 26th January - 4th February 2017

Flam, J., Rogers, K., Clifford, T., 2012. Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné 1941 – 1991. New Haven: Yale University Press. Volume 3, p. 421, W29

About Robert Motherwell

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.

American, 1915-1991, Aberdeen, Washington, based in New York and Greenwich, Connecticut