Robert Motherwell, ‘The Life of Will Grohmann’, 1977, ARCHEUS/POST-MODERN

Artist's studio number C77-924

Signature: Signed 'R. Motherwell 23 March 77' upper left

'Bilanz', 15th June - 15th September 1979, Galerie Im Erker, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Flam, J., Rogers, K., Clifford, T., Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné 1941 – 1991, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2012, Vol.3, p.279, C594

André Emmerich Gallery, New York; Galerie Im Erker, St. Gallen, Switzerland; Private Collection, Switzerland by 1979; J. Koch, Munich, Germany

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