Robert Motherwell, ‘La Cuisiniére’, 1967, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

The collage element in this work is a shopping bag from La Cuisiniere, a kitchen supply store located at 903 Madison Avenue, New York. The crayon lines were added around 1973.

Signature: Artist's studio number C67-1278 Signed and dated lower right

Robert Motherwell: Works on Paper (circulated by the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; shown in conjunction with Drawings by Arshile Gorky), Centro de Artes Visuales del Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, 29 November - 23 December 1967; Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, Venezuela, 21 January - 14 February 1968; Biblioteca Luis-Angel Arango del Banco de la Republica, Bogota, Chile, 25 March - 7 April 1968; Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte, Mexico City, 3 May - 18 June 1968. Shown in early state.

Flam, J., Rogers, K., Clifford, T., 2012. Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné 1941 – 1991. New Haven: Yale University Press. Volume 3, page 131,
cat. rais. no. C222.

Dedalus Foundation, New York, 1991.
Bernard Jacobson, London, 2010.

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