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Robert Motherwell, ‘The Big A’, 1986-1987, Christie's
Robert Motherwell, ‘The Big A’, 1986-1987, Christie's
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The Big A, 1986-1987

Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
96 × 60 in
243.8 × 152.4 cm
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Signed and dated 'Motherwell 86' (upper right); signed and dated again 'R. Motherwell 1987' (on the reverse)
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.

Robert Motherwell, ‘The Big A’, 1986-1987, Christie's
Robert Motherwell, ‘The Big A’, 1986-1987, Christie's
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About the work
Exhibition history
Bibliography
Provenance
C
Christie's
Medium
Painting
Signature
Signed and dated 'Motherwell 86' (upper right); signed and dated again 'R. Motherwell 1987' (on the reverse)
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.

The Big A, 1986-1987

Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
96 × 60 in
243.8 × 152.4 cm
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