Robert Motherwell, ‘XX’, 1985, Sotheby's

From the Catalogue
“The fragments of the drawing around the music suggest broken-off melodies and lost wholeness, somewhat in the way that Beethoven exploits a similar interruption of melodic expectation in the Opus 59 Rasumovsky quartets. This expressionistic aspect of Motherwell’s collages is one of his greatest strengths.” - Jack Flam, Ed. R**obert Motherwell, New York 1991, p. 18
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed and dated 1985

Barcelona, Galería Joan Prats, Collage, 1985, n.p., illustrated in color (erroneously titled N. 20)
Madrid, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Pintar con Papel, 1986, p. 41, illustrated in color (erroneously titled N. 20)

Jack Flam, Katy Rogers and Tim Clifford, Eds., Robert Motherwell: Paintings and Collages, A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941-1991, Volume III, New Haven 2012, cat. no. C721, p. 333, illustrated in color

Galería Joan Prats, Barcelona
Julio Guiu, Spain (acquired from the above circa 1985)
Private Collection, Spain (acquired circa 2000)
Thence by descent to 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