Robert Motherwell, ‘M’, 1991, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

This collage incorporates sheet music from Mozart's Rondo in D, for piano, and a fragment from the same red paper seen in Fantasia III (C885). It was one of two maquettes Motherwell made for a poster to be used by the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Centre, New York during the summer of 1991. In the end, Motherwell chose another composition (C883) as the maquette for the poster. The title of this work refers to the large black M-shaped form it contains, and to Mozart.

Gooding, M., 2013. Robert Motherwell: Collage. London: Bernard Jacobson Gallery, ill. p. 66.
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 400, cat. rais. no. C884

Dedalus Foundation, 1991.

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