Robert Motherwell, ‘M (15 Dec 73)’, 1973-74/75, Hollis Taggart Galleries

This work is included in the artist's catalogue raisonné under the number C415.

Signature: Signed and dated upper left: "R. Motherwell / 15 Dec 73"

Galería Joan Prats, Basel Art Fair, Switzerland, 1991, cat. no. 5 (sec. "Paintings"), cover color illus. (detail), color illus. n.p.
Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo 1976, cat. no. 10, color illus. n.p.

J. Flam, K. Rogers and T. Clifford, eds., "Robert Motherwell, Paintings and Collages, A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941-1991, Volume Three: Collages and Paintings on Paper and Paperboard" (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012), illus., 200, no. C415.

The artist
Private collection
Ventura Garcés, Barcelona (1992)
Private collection, NY (Until 2017)

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