Robert Motherwell, ‘Study for Open Series’, 1968, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

This work shares the same dimensions and compositional format as the Black on White series, which was also painted in 1968 (see W283-W288).
Although this this work is titled as such, it may have been intended as part of that series.

Signature: Signed and dated 'RM 68' lower right (recto).

Musée Galliera, Paris, 1974, illus. p. 71.
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, Robert Motherwell: Black, 24th June - 11th September 2015.

Jack D. Flam, Katy Rogers and Tim Clifford, eds., Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné 1941-1991, Volume 3, New Haven, 2012, cat. no. W282 p. 521, illustrated in colour.

Private Collection, Victoria, Brtish Columbia, Canada, 2001
Mrs. M. E. Pryrch, ca. 1973

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