Robert Motherwell, ‘Open No. 140: Charcoal on Cream’, Christie's

Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)

Open No. 140: Charcoal on Cream

signed and dated 'R. Motherwell 1969' (on the reverse)

acrylic and charcoal on canvas

12 x 16 in. (30.4 x 40.6 cm.)

Executed in 1969.

Signature: signed and dated 'R. Motherwell 1969' (on the reverse)

J. Flam, K. Rogers and T. Clifford, eds., Robert Motherwell, Paintings and Collages, A Catalogue Raisonné 1941-1991, Volume Two: Paintings on Canvas and Panel, New Haven and London, 2012, p. 291, no. P545 (illustrated in color).

Dedalus Foundation, New York, 1991

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