Robert Motherwell, ‘In Blue and White with Calligraphy’, 1964, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Signature: Recto, lower right: RM 64 Verso (on crossbar, reattached): "IN BLUE + WHITE WITH CALLIGRAPHY" Verso (on backing board, reattached): Robert Motherwell \ 1964

Phillips Collection, Washington DC, Collages by Robert Motherwell, 1965, cat no. 23.
Museum of Modern Art, New York, Robert Motherwell September 1965 (travelling), New York, cat no. 78, illus. p. 41; Amsterdam, cat. no. 71 illus. n.p.; Essen, cat no. 71, erroneously as In Blue and White with Calligraphie; Turin, cat. no. 71, illus. p. 114 (pl. 54/B).
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, Robert Motherwell: A Centenary Survey of Major Works, 24 January - 25 April 2015

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. 105, cat. rais. no. C152.

Dedalus Foundation, New York, 1991.
Private Collection, New York.

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