Robert Motherwell, ‘Jewish Candelabra’, 1952, Sotheby's

Signature: signed, titled and dated 1952 on the stretcher

New York, Samuel M. Kootz Gallery, Robert Motherwell: Paintings, Drawings and Collages, April 1952, cat. no. 2
New York, The Jewish Museum, Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, November 2016 - March 2017

Jack Flam, Katy Rogers and Tim Clifford, Eds., Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941-1991**, Vol. II: Paintings on Canvas and Panel, New Haven 2012, cat. no. P133, p. 80, illustrated

Dollie Chareau, New York (gift of the artist)
Private Collection
Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, 8 October 1969, Lot 60
Private Collection, California (acquired from the above sale)
Thence by descent to the present owner

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