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Pierrot's Hat, 1943

Watercolour, gouache, pasted papers, pasted glass button and ink on paperboard
19 4/5 × 14 1/10 in
50.2 × 35.9 cm
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Bernard Jacobson Gallery
London
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Motherwell referred to this as his first collage, one of two works in the medium that he created on …

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Motherwell referred to this as his first collage, one of two works in the medium that he created on the same day early in 1943 (see also catalogue raisonné Untitled C2). Both of these collages were done in Jackson Pollock's studio, following Peggy Guggenheim's invitation to the two artists to create works for …

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Signed and dated in pencil lower centre: Motherwell 43 (recto) Signed, dated and inscribed Robert Motherwell / NYC / 6-IV-43 … Read more
Robert Motherwell
American, 1915–1991
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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.

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Bernard Jacobson Gallery
London
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Motherwell referred to this as his first collage, one of two works in the medium that he created on …

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Motherwell referred to this as his first collage, one of two works in the medium that he created on the same day early in 1943 (see also catalogue raisonné Untitled C2). Both of these collages were done in Jackson Pollock's studio, following Peggy Guggenheim's invitation to the two artists to create works for …

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Signature
Signed and dated in pencil lower centre: Motherwell 43 (recto) Signed, dated and inscribed Robert Motherwell / NYC / 6-IV-43 … Read more
Robert Motherwell
American, 1915–1991
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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.

Pierrot's Hat, 1943

Watercolour, gouache, pasted papers, pasted glass button and ink on paperboard
19 4/5 × 14 1/10 in
50.2 × 35.9 cm
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