Robert Motherwell, ‘Untitled’, Christie's

Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)


signed and dated 'R Motherwell 1945' (upper left)

ink and watercolor on paper

14 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.

Executed in 1945.

Signature: signed and dated 'R Motherwell 1945' (upper left)

Art Center in La Jolla, La Jolla Collects, September-November 1960.

La Jolla, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego Collects, January-February 1975.

New York, Loretta Howard Gallery, Black Mountain College and Its Legacy, September-October 2011.

Kootz Gallery, New York

Paul Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles

Private collection, New York

Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 15 September 2004, lot 30

Acquired from the above by the present owner

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