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    FROM THE ESTATE OF DR. EDMUND P. PILLSBURY

    ROBERT MOTHERWELL (American, 1915-1991)
    Untitled, 1957
    Ink on paper
    10-3/4 x 6-7/8 inches (27.4 x 17.5 cm)
    Signed with initials and dated lower right

    PROVENANCE:
    Paul Kantor Gallery
    Collection of Clifford Odets

    NOTE:
    "In the spring of 1957 Motherwell's New York neighbor, Fritz Bultman, invited Motherwell over to draw from a nude model (something Motherwell had not done since his student days). He created more than 70 drawings that evening, one of which is this lot.
    Very few of these works have come to light and we only know of one instance in which Motherwell chose to show any of them (a group of around 30 of the drawings showed in Provincetown in 1957, but no record of which works were included remains). It appears that he gave a number of them away as gifts in the late 1950's."

    We are grateful to Katy Rogers of the Dedalus Foundation (The Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and Collages by Robert Motherwell) for this information.


    Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000.

    Condition Report*:

    In apparently very good condition aside from light discoloration along the extreme sheet edges, faint surface soiling, not examined out of frame

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2011
    26th Wednesday
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