Robert Motherwell, ‘Open No. 94’, 1969, Lillian Heidenberg Fine Art

Signature: Recto, upper left: “RM”Verso: “OPEN #94 \ R. Motherwell \ Summer, 1969”Verso (on vertical stretcher): “FOR \ MIRVISH \ GALLERY \ TORONTO”

David Mirvish Gallery, Robert Motherwell, December 5-January 5, 1971
Orlando Museum of Art, Collector’s Choice II: Contemporary Art in Central Florida Collections, September 9-October 29, 2000 Loretta Howard Gallery, DNA: Strands of Abstraction, June 20-August 2, 2013

Robert Motherwell: A Catalogue Raisonne, 1941-1991.Vol 2. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012), 264, P483.

Private Collection
Ingrid and Jep Thornton, 1999
David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto, 1971

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