Robert Motherwell, ‘Lyric Suite Brown #4’, 1965, Phillips

Property from a Private New England Collection

Signed with initials in pencil, framed.

From the Catalogue:
The Lyric Suite is a series of more than five hundred improvisational drawings in colored inks on rice paper, all completed in six weeks during April and May. The title is taken from the string quartet by Alban Berg to which Motherwell listened while he worked on the series.
Courtesy of Phillips

Obelisk Gallery, Boston

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