Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell


Nationality: American

Birth Place: Aberdeen (Grays Harbor county, Washington, United States)

A contemporary of Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell lived from 1915 to 1991. He attended the famed New York School alongside these artists, where he was influenced greatly by the Parisian Surrealists, Masson, Duchamp, and Max Ernst. It was during this time that Motherwell decided to make painting his vocation and went on to be an integral component in the Abstract Expressionism movement. However, the artist also attended Harvard, at the encouragement of his father, so that he would have the foundation necessary to teach should his painting career not be successful.

Motherwell was born in the state of Washington, but was raised primarily in San Francisco. He spent the majority of his school years in California. The bright colors and broad spaces of his environs informed his abstract paintings, as many contain paint the ochre yellow color that is noted in the hills of Northern California, and the ultramarine blue of the Pacific Coast sky, as it reflects the water.

In 1958, the work was included in a traveling exhibit called “The New American Painting,” initiated by the Museum of Modern Art. In 1965, the same museum gave Motherwell a major retrospective exhibition. The show traveled across Europe to Amsterdam, Brussels, Turin, and London. Motherwell’s work is still exhibited heavily in the United States in such notable venues as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and in venues across Europe. It also currently hangs in the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Robert Motherwell set up the Dedalus Foudation in 1981 to foster public understanding of modernism and modern art, through its support of exhibitions, publications, education and research in this field. He died on July 16, 1991, leaving an estimated $25 million and over 1,000 works of art.


Robert Motherwell Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) Untitled (Ochre with Black Line), 1972-73/1974 Acrylic and charcoal on canvas 55-3/4 x
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)Untitled (Ochre with Black Line), 1972-73/1974Acrylic and charcoal on canvas55-3/4 x ...
Lot 69018
Auction 5262
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) Nemesis, 1981-82 Acrylic on canvas 60 x 44 inches (152.4 x 111.8 cm) Signed and dated
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)Nemesis, 1981-82Acrylic on canvas60 x 44 inches (152.4 x 111.8 cm)Signed and dated ...
Lot 77027
Auction 5300
Monday, May 22, 2017
ROBERT MOTHERWELL (American, 1915-1991) Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 110C, 1968 Gouache and pencil on paper 6 x
ROBERT MOTHERWELL (American, 1915-1991)Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 110C, 1968Gouache and pencil on paper6 x ...
Lot 72031
Auction 5055
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) Burning Elegy, 1991 Lithograph and handcoloring in colors on wove paper, with full margi...
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)Burning Elegy, 1991Lithograph and handcoloring in colors on wove paper, with full margi...
Lot 77192
Auction 5311
Monday, October 23, 2017
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) Three Figures, 1989 Lithograph in colors on Somerset paper 55-1/2 x 39-3/4 inches (141
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)Three Figures, 1989Lithograph in colors on Somerset paper55-1/2 x 39-3/4 inches (141....
Lot 77191
Auction 5311
Monday, October 23, 2017

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