Robert Motherwell, ‘Les Caves IV’, Christie's

Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)

Les Caves IV

signed with artist's initials and dated 'RM 77' (upper left); signed and dated again, and titled 'R. Motherwell "Les Caves IV" 1977' (on the reverse)

acrylic on canvas

24 x 48 in. (61 x 122 cm.)

Painted in 1977.

Signature: signed with artist's initials and dated 'RM 77' (upper left); signed and dated again, and titled 'R. Motherwell "Les Caves IV" 1977' (on the reverse)

Leverkusen, Museum Morsbroich, Motherwell, October 2004-January 2005, pp. 98-99 (illustrated in color).

Munich, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Robert Motherwell: Paintings, Collages, Works on Paper, May-July 2005.

J. Flam, K. Rogers, T. Clifford, eds., Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages, A Catalogue Raisonne, _1941-1991,_Vol. 2, New Haven and London, 2012, p. 454, no. P 923 (illustrated in color).

Dedalus Foundation, New York

Acquired from the above by 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