Robert Motherwell, ‘Cor Anglais’, 1976, Heritage Auctions
Robert Motherwell, ‘Cor Anglais’, 1976, Heritage Auctions
Robert Motherwell, ‘Cor Anglais’, 1976, Heritage Auctions
Robert Motherwell, ‘Cor Anglais’, 1976, Heritage Auctions
Robert Motherwell, ‘Cor Anglais’, 1976, Heritage Auctions

Ships from Beverly Hills, unframed. This work appears to be in very good overall condition, with some minor spots of surface grime (probably inherent to the original work and collage process); slight toning to the sheet music; otherwise, no other visible issues of note; work is taped to the mount at the corners verso with linen tape; framed under acrylic.

Signature: Initialed and dated lower left: RM / 11 Feb 76

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