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Robert Motherwell (USA, 1915–91)

The name of painter, printmaker and writer Robert Motherwell is often taken as synonymous with the New York School, whose name he coined. Motherwell was the youngest of this group of Abstract Expressionists working in art, dance, poetry and music in 1950s and '60s New York City, which included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston and Mark Rothko.


Born in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1915, Motherwell had perhaps the broadest and best education of any of the New York School coterie, with an extensive background in philosophy, literature and art history. He earned a BA in philosophy in 1937 from Stanford University and was working toward a PhD in the subject at Harvard when he interrupted his studies for a yearlong trip to Europe, where he fell in love with European modernism.


After returning, in 1940 he enrolled Columbia to study art history. It was there that he met a group of exiled Parisian Surrealists, and encounter that proved influential on his style. Motherwell began to integrate the idea of “automatism” — unmediated gestures that reflect deeper psychological impulses — into his work, pioneering a new form of Abstract Expressionism that came to characterize the New York School.


Works like the 1967 Beside the Sea no. 45 , an acrylic on canvas, and the 1966 lithograph New York International epitomize Motherwell’s use of simple shapes in boldly contrasting colors, executed in quick, gestural strokes that occasionally evoke figures, suggesting a latent narrative despite their obvious abstraction.


Throughout his career, Motherwell taught painting at Hunter College, in New York, and at Black Mountain College, in North Carolina, where his work influenced the likes of Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg and Kenneth Noland. His influence as one of the founding fathers of American Abstract Expressionism remains profound.

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Robert Motherwell, West Islip, Lithograph with Hand Painting, 1970
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
Robert Motherwell, (1915-1991) West Islip, 1970 Lithograph with hand painted acrylic on Rives BFK paper, signed in pencil and numbered 10/20 there were also 2 artist's proofs, with...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell Furniture

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Robert Motherwell Signed Catalogue with Lithograph- Selected Prints, 1961-1974
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
First edition from an edition of 4000, published by Brooke Alexander, 1975. Untitled 1974. Lithograph with collage printed on Rives B.F.K. parer 10 x 24 inches This rare catalogue...
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1970s American Vintage Robert Motherwell Furniture

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Robert Motherwell Etching and Aquatint, Running Elegy ii, Blue State, 1983
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
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1980s American Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell Furniture

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Robert Motherwell Lithograph with Chine Applique, “Rite of Passage lll”
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Original Robert Motherwell Lithograph with chine applique on paper, 1979-80. No. 93 of the edition of 98. Signed upper left. Simply framed. Paper size: 24 3/4 H x 34" W full margin...
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Robert Motherwell, Untitled Lithograph on Arches Paper
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
A lithograph by Robert Motherwell. "Untitled" on full sheet of arches paper with blind stamp, signed and numbered in pencil 199/225. Newly framed using acid free materials with UV pl...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell Furniture

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Robert Motherwell "London Series II"
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
The complete suite of 5 silk screens by Robert Motherwell published in 1970-71 by Marlborough Graphics Inc. Printed at Kelpra Studio in London under the direction of Chris Prater. In...
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1970s English Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell Furniture

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Large, Signed and Numbered, Robert Motherwell Lithograph
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Newport Beach, CA
"Elegy Study I" - Signed and annotated P.P.II, 1989 lithograph in colors on light brown, TGL handmade paper by iconic American artist, Robert Motherwell (1915-1991). From an edition ...
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1980s American Vintage Robert Motherwell Furniture

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Robert Motherwell, "Chair" Lithograph in Colors
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
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1970s German Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell Furniture

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Robert Motherwell, Elegy Study I, Large-Scale Lithograph in Colors
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
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1980s American Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell Furniture

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"Africa 9" Silkscreen by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Robert Motherwell Furniture

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"Rite of Passage II" Lithograph by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Robert Motherwell Furniture

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Early Untitled Lithograph by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell Furniture

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Robert Motherwell, Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
"Untitled" Lithograph by Robert Motherwell on Arches Paper. Signed and numbered 198/225 in pencil. Printed by Irwin Hollander, New York, with artists blind stamp. Published by Ta...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Robert Motherwell Furniture

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"Elegy (Study)" by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Robert Motherwell Furniture

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The Basque Suite: Untitled, Signed and Numbered Silkscreen by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell Furniture

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"Primal Sign V Copper" Aquatint and Etching by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
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