Robert Motherwell, ‘Untitled’, ca. 1945, Hollis Taggart Galleries

This work is included in the artist's catalogue raisonné under the number P27.

Signature: Signed and inscribed on verso: "For / Ann + Frank / their friendly relative / Robert Motherwell / 1951"

J. Flam, K. Rogers and T. Clifford, eds., "Robert Motherwell, Paintings and Collages, A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941-1991, Volume Two: Paintings on Canvas and Panel," New Haven and London, 2012, p. 22, no. P27 (illustrated).

Ann Rosener, California, acquired directly from the artist, 1951
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Anonymous gift, 1997.48 (Acquired from the above in 1997)

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