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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, California
    Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (acquired from the above in 1996)
    Private Collection, Indianapolis (acquired from the above in 1997)
    Mark Borghi, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Elkhart, Midwest Museum of American Art, Robert Motherwell and the New York School, June 4 - July 11, 2004

  • Artist Biography

    Robert Motherwell

    American • 1915 - 1991

    One of the youngest proponents of the Abstract Expressionist movement, Robert Motherwell rose to critical acclaim with his first solo exhibition at Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century gallery in 1944. Not only was Motherwell one of the major practicing Abstract Expressionist artists, he was, in fact, the main intellectual driving force within the movement—corralling fellow New York painters such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Hans Hoffman and William Baziotes into his circle. Motherwell later coined the term the "New York School", a designation synonymous to Abstract Expressionism that loosely refers to a wide variety of non-objective work produced in New York between 1940 and 1960.

    During an over five-decade-long career, Motherwell created a large and powerful body of varied work that includes paintings, drawings, prints and collages. Motherwell's work is most generally characterized by simple shapes, broad color contrasts and a dynamic interplay between restrained and gestural brushstrokes. Above all, it demonstrates his approach to art-making as a response to the complexity of lived, and importantly felt, experience.

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Basque Suite #50

signed "Motherwell" upper left
gouache and lithograph on paper
22 x 17 in. (55.9 x 43.2 cm)
Executed in 1970, this work is unique.

Estimate
$50,000 - 70,000 

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20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

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