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Robert Motherwell

American, 1915 - 1991

Untitled, 1964

  • Not On View

Silkscreen on paper

Dimensions: 20 1/16 × 24 in. (51 × 61 cm)
Image: 16 × 22 in. (40.6 × 55.9 cm)

Gift of the Betty Parsons Foundation, 1985.54.3

As a member of New York's abstract expressionist group from its beginnings in the 1940s, Motherwell advocated abstraction and automatism, and considered collage and painting as equally powerful methods of expression. He began working in collage in 1943, gradually developing it as a medium that not only complemented, but at times also directed and shaped his paintings. Motherwell frequently turned to collage when he needed to work through an issue or problem in paint. Motherwell began a work with no preconceived subject matter, arranging and combining colors, forms, and patterns until he arrived at a composition that evoked in him a distinct sensation—be it joy, terror, mystery, or nostalgia.

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