DescriptionFROM THE ESTATE OF DR. EDMUND P. PILLSBURY
ROBERT MOTHERWELL (American, 1915-1991)
Ink on paper
10-3/4 x 6-7/8 inches (27.4 x 17.5 cm)
Signed with initials and dated lower right
Paul Kantor Gallery
Collection of Clifford Odets
"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.
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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