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    Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
    Pierrot's Hat, 1943
    Watercolor, gouache, pasted papers, pasted glass button, and ink on paperboard
    19-3/4 x 14-1/8 inches (50.2 x 35.9 cm)
    Signed and dated in pencil lower center: Motherwell 43
    Signed, dated, and inscribed verso: Robert Motherwell / NYC / 6-IV-43

    PROVENANCE:
    Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Chareau, circa 1944;
    Dollie Chareau, 1950, by descent;
    Private collection, 1967.

    EXHIBITED:
    Samuel M. Kootz Gallery, New York, October 1949;
    New Gallery, Bennington College, Vermont, 1959, cat. no. 5, listed as Collage;
    Museum of Modern Art, New York (and elsewhere) "Robert Motherwell," September 1965, cat. no. 2;

    LITERATURE:
    Arnason, H. H., "On Robert Motherwell and His Early Work," Art International 10, no. 1, January 20, 1966, p. 23, illus. p., 25 (fig. 4), referred to in text and in illustration as Collage;
    Wescher, Herta, translated by Robert E. Wolf, Collage, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1968, pp. 300-301;
    Pleynet, Marcelin, "La Méthode de Robert Motherwell,"Tel Quel 71, no. 73, Autumn 1977, p. 189, as Collage;
    Arnason, H. H., Robert Motherwell, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1982, p. 19, pl. 8, illustrated in color;
    Mattison, Robert Saltonstall, "The Art of Robert Motherwell during the 1940s," Ph.D. dissertation, Princeton University, 1985, pp. 97-101, illus. n.p. (fig. 59, as Untitled);
    Pleynet, Marcelin, "La Méthode de Robert Motherwell," in Les Etats-Unis de la peinture, Editions du Seuil, Paris, 1986, p. 71, as Collage;
    Mattison, Robert Saltonstall, Robert Motherwell: The Formative Years, Studies in the Fine Arts: The Avant-Garde 56, UMI Research Press, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1987, p. 80, illus. p. 84 (fig. 24, as Untitled);
    Gildbert, Gregory Mark, "The Alternate Aesthetic: Robert Motherwell's Early Collages and the Formative Years of Abstract Expressionism," Ph.D. dissertation, State University of New Jersey, Rutgers, 1998, pp. 38-39, 93-94, illus. p. 518 (fig. 3).
    Flam, Jack, Katy Rogers and Tim Clifford, Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941-1999, Volume III, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2012, p. 2, no. C1, illustrated in color.


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    Condition Report*: There appears to be overall paper discoloration, notably to the margins/mount; the pasted glass button appears to be chipped; framed under acrylic. Framed Dimensions 23 X 17.25 Inches
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