Robert Motherwell, ‘Geneva Collage’, 1974, Lillian Heidenberg Fine Art

Alternative Title: The Geneva Mail.

One of the pasted elements in this collage is wrapping paper from a package sent from Geneva to the writer B. H. Friedman. The title of this collage was inscribed as The Geneva Mail, and it was first consigned to Knoedler & Company under that title. It was renamed Geneva Collage by the time it was shown at Knoedler & Company in January 1975.

Signature: Recto, upper left: “R Motherwell \ 21 Aug 74” Verso (on top horizontal strainer): “THE GENEVA MAIL” 197

New York, Knoedler Contemporary Art, Robert Motherwell: Recent Paintings and Collages, January-February 1975 (illustrated in color on the cover)

A. Ellenzweig, "Robert Motherwell," Arts Magazine 49, March 1975, p. 21 (illustrated in color) J. Lipman, Bright Stars: American Painting and Sculpture Since 1776, New York, 1976, p. 185 (illustrated in color). H.H. Arnason, Robert Motherwell, New York, 1977, pl. 247 (illustrated in color). H.H. Arnason, Robert Motherwell, New York, 1982, p. 83, pl. 81 (illustrated)

Robert Motherwell: A Catalogue Raisonne, 1941-1991.Vol 3. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012), 225, C472

Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Shoenberg, 1975
Knoedler Contemporary Art, New York, 2008

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