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Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell (USA, 1915–91)
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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Summertime In Italy 'With Blue' Lithograph by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
"Summertime in Italy with Blue" a lithograph by Robert Motherwell. Signed and blind stamped. 65/100 from edition of 100 with artist proofs. Newly framed in archival materials, circa ...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell

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David Smith, Robert Motherwell Catalog with Installation Photographs
By Robert Motherwell, David Smith
Located in New York, NY
Catalog of a David Smith and Robert Motherwell exhibition held at the Museo De Arte Contemporaneo De Caracas in 1979. With an introduction by doré Ashton. 32 pages with color and bla...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell

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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

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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

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Robert Motherwell, Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Robert Motherwell

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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

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Robert Motherwell, West Islip, Lithograph with Hand Painting, 1970
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
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1970s American Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell

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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

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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

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Robert Motherwell "London Series II"
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
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1970s English Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Acrylic, Paper

"Primal Sign V Copper" Aquatint and Etching by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
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"Africa 2" Silkscreen by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
A silkscreen by Robert Motherwell. This silkscreen is from his Africa suite and is number 2 from a portfolio of 150. Signed and numbered 60/150. Archivally framed using acid free mat...
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Late 20th Century American Robert Motherwell

"Three Figures" by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
"Three Figures" # 22/80 A lithograph in colors on Somerset paper by Robert Motherwell. Initialed. See page 100 in "The Prints of Robert Motherwell" Stephanie Terenzio Catalog...
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20th Century American Robert Motherwell

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"In White with Green Stripe" Lithograph by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Robert Motherwell's "in White with Green Stripe" dates to 1987 and is a Lithograph including lithography, relief print, embossing, and collage. It is from an addition of 75 prints. ...
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1980s American Vintage Robert Motherwell

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Large Scale Abstract Lithograph by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large Scale Abstract Lithograph entitled "La Guerra I", by Robert Motherwell, circa 1980. Hand signed by the artist and numbered 33 out of an edition of 50. This work measures an imp...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Robert Motherwell

Untitled, Plate 1 Africa Suite, Signed Robert Motherwell, circa 1970
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Screenprint, signed and numbered 25/150 with artist’s blindstamp. Printed by Kelpra Studio, London, published by Marlborough, Graphics, Inc., New York. On wove paper, with full mar...
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Robert Motherwell Chicago Art Print Engberg and Banach 282
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
A Robert Motherwell color lithograph, number 103 of an edition of 150. Engberg and Banach 282 published by Lakeside Group for the Chicago International Art Exposition. The piece is s...
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"Tallith for Meyer Schapiro" from "For Meyer Schapiro" by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
Tallith for Meyer Schapiro from For Meyer Schapiro 1973, published 1974 Etching and aquatint from a portfolio of 12 original prints by various artists. Signed and numbered in pencil ...
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"Africa 9" Silkscreen by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
A silkscreen by Robert Motherwell. This is plate 9 of 10 from his "Africa" suite. Signed and numbered from the edition of 150. Framed in archival material.
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Framed Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart 25th Anniversary Poster by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Framed Lincoln Center mostly Mozart 25th anniversary poster designed by the youngest pioneer of the Abstract Expressionist art movement, Robert Motherwell (1915-1991). It was origina...
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1990s American Modern Robert Motherwell

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Robert Motherwell lithograph entitled "Poe's Abyss"
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
"Poe's Abyss" 2/16 by Robert Motherwell (1915-1991). A brown lithograph on woven paper.
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Robert Motherwell Signed Lithograph 92/150 Africa II
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Toledo, OH
Signed and numbered lithograph 92/150 titled Africa II by American artist Robert Motherwell. Framed in a silver frame with cream mat.
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Mid-20th Century North American Modern Robert Motherwell

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Dance II Etching by Robert Motherwell, 1978
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Palm Desert, CA
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