Robert Motherwell, ‘Study in Watercolour #1 (In Green and Blue)’, 1968, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Although the works in this numbered series are titled Study in Watercolor, they also contain acrylic paint. The blues are usually drawn in watercolour, but the other colours are painted in acrylic.

Signature: Recto not signed, not dated.

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, Robert Motherwell: Works on paper, 10th October - 26th November 2011.
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, New York, Discursive Abstraction, 11 January - 25 February 2012

Flam, J., Rogers, K., Clifford, T., 2012. Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné 1941 – 1991. New Haven: Yale University Press. Volume 3, p. 514, W262
Cornish, S., 2011. Robert Motherwell: Works on Paper, London: Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Illustrated p. 5.

Dedalus Foundation, 1991; Private collection, 2008.

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