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Robert Motherwell

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Robert Motherwell

American (Aberdeen, W.Va., 1915-1991, Provincetown, Mass.)

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screenprint on chine colle

1982.001.031

Robert Motherwell installation photo of print

Robert Motherwell was an abstract expressionist, the group of painters who rejected realism, adopted concepts from European surrealism and forged a body of work so revolutionary that it shifted the center of modern art from Paris to New York. A student of philosophy and a thoughtful writer, Motherwell became spokesman for the movement. For AbEx painters, art was the visualization of eternal and primal forces and essences. Motherwell strived for monumentality and a sense of weight and permanence in his work. In this piece, he marries a looming shape and its shadow with delicate, seemingly accidental gestures.

 


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