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Untitled (Imaginary Landscape) (EW.XVI), 1941

Mixed media with monoprint on paper
20 × 12 1/8 in
50.8 × 30.8 cm
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Robert Motherwell's Untitled (Imaginary Landscape) mixed media from 1941 is significant not …

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Robert Motherwell's Untitled (Imaginary Landscape) mixed media from 1941 is significant not merely as one of the artist's earliest documented works, but also as his first experiment with the Surrealist automatist technique that he would employ for the rest of his career. In 1940, twenty-five-year-old …

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Signed upper left: Motherwell 41
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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.

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Robert Motherwell's Untitled (Imaginary Landscape) mixed media from 1941 is significant not …

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Robert Motherwell's Untitled (Imaginary Landscape) mixed media from 1941 is significant not merely as one of the artist's earliest documented works, but also as his first experiment with the Surrealist automatist technique that he would employ for the rest of his career. In 1940, twenty-five-year-old …

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Signed upper left: Motherwell 41
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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.

Untitled (Imaginary Landscape) (EW.XVI), 1941

Mixed media with monoprint on paper
20 × 12 1/8 in
50.8 × 30.8 cm
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