Robert Motherwell, ‘Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 50’, 1958, Phillips
Robert Motherwell, ‘Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 50’, 1958, Phillips

The Modern Form: Property from the Collection of Betty and Stanley Sheinbaum
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From the Catalogue:
"In the Elegies Motherwell invented a specific form of image, as a poet may be said to invent a particular poetic form, and also a kind of pictorial language..."
(Jack Flam, Robert Motherwell 100 Years, Milan, 2015, p. 117)
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed, inscribed, titled and dated ""Elegy to the Spanish Republic, no. 50" Robert Motherwell 1958 St-Jean-de-Luz, France" on the reverse

Hjorvardur Harvard Arnason, “Robert Motherwell: The Years 1948 to 1965”, Art International 10, no. 4, April 20, 1966, pp. 22, 29 (illustrated, p. 22)
Robert C. Hobbs, “Motherwell’s Concern with Death in Painting: An Investigation of His Elegies to the Spanish Republic, Including an Examination of His Philosophical and Methodological Considerations”, Ph.D. dissertation, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1975, pl. 33, p. 246 (illustrated)
Hjorvardur Harvard Arnason, Robert Motherwell, New York, 1977, p. 46
Hjorvardur Harvard Arnason, Robert Motherwell, New York, 1982, p. 46
Jack Flam, Katy Rogers and Tim Clifford, eds., Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941-1991, Collages and Paintings on Paper and Paperboard, vol. 3, New Haven, 2012, no. W32, p. 422 (illustrated)

Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner in 1959

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