Robert Motherwell

(1915-1991)
Lot 189
Robert Motherwell
St. Michel III
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,750
June 10, 2018
Lot 191
Robert Motherwell
Africa 5 (from Africa Suite)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,375
June 10, 2018
Lot 299
Robert Motherwell
Redness of Red
Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000
Price Realized: $10,000
October 22, 2017
Lot 300
Robert Motherwell
3 Poems
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
October 22, 2017
Lot 301
Robert Motherwell
Elegy Study
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
October 22, 2017
Lot 302
Robert Motherwell
St. Michel III
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,750
October 22, 2017
Lot 163
Robert Motherwell
In Blue and Bleeding Black #2 (from Lyric Suite)
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $25,000
March 5, 2017
Lot 259
Robert Motherwell
Untitled (from the Berggruen Series)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,250
October 9, 2016
Lot 21
Robert Motherwell
Black Sounds
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $9,375
May 22, 2016
Lot 349
Robert Motherwell
Africa 3 (from Africa Suite)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $6,250
February 21, 2016
Lot 317
Robert Motherwell
New York Portfolio: Untitled
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,000
October 11, 2015
Lot 318
Robert Motherwell
Africa 10 (from Africa Suite)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,375
October 11, 2015
Lot 340
Robert Motherwell
Roth-Händle
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $2,500
March 1, 2015
Lot 341
Robert Motherwell
Norway
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,275
March 1, 2015
Lot 218
Robert Motherwell
Bastos
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $20,000
May 18, 2014
Lot 135
Robert Motherwell
Untitled
Estimate: $18,000 - $25,000
Price Realized: $52,500
February 23, 2014
Lot 196
Robert Motherwell
St. Michel I (State II)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $6,250
October 13, 2013
Lot 197
Robert Motherwell
Harvest, with Orange Stripe
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,062
October 13, 2013
Lot 341
Robert Motherwell
Black Mountain State II (Red)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $9,375
May 19, 2013
Lot 342
Robert Motherwell
Soot-Black Stone #3 and #5 (2)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $1,875
May 19, 2013
Lot 346
Robert Motherwell
America-La France Variations II
Estimate: $3,500 - $4,500
Price Realized: $5,000
October 7, 2012
Lot 347
Robert Motherwell
Art 1981 Chicago Print
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,500
October 7, 2012
Lot 474
Robert Motherwell
Untitled
Estimate: $1,800 - $2,500
Price Realized: $4,062
May 6, 2012
Lot 475
Robert Motherwell
Untitled (The Basque Suite)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,500
May 6, 2012
Lot 476
Robert Motherwell
Untitled (The Basque Suite)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,500
May 6, 2012
Lot 110
Robert Motherwell
Soot Black Stone #5
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,837
May 23, 2010
Lot 381
Robert Motherwell
French Revolution Bicentennial Suite (4)
Estimate: $14,000 - $16,000
Price Realized: $14,087
May 23, 2010
Lot 435
Robert Motherwell
St. Michael I (State II)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,513
December 6, 2009
Lot 437
Robert Motherwell
Nocturne V (From Three Poems by Octavio Paz)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,160
June 7, 2009
Lot 281
Robert Motherwell
Mexico City Personages III (from Three Poems by Octavio Paz)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,280
February 10, 2008
Lot 109
Robert Motherwell
Untitled (from Ten Works by Ten Painters)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,680
June 3, 2007

About The Artist


American artist Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) is recognized as one of the foremost Abstract Expressionist painters and artists of the 20th century. Born in Aberdeen, Washington, he lived in New York for much of his life, where he associated with the leading artists of the day, including Jackson Pollock, Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko.

Motherwell studied at Harvard University and Columbia University, where he first came into contact with the teachings of the European Surrealist movement. This encounter proved formative for the artist, influencing his first abstract drawings, produced on a trip to Mexico. His interest in the concept of “automatism” went on to become a foundation for the beginnings of the Abstract Expressionist movement in New York. He is recognized as a key figure of ‘the New York School’, as he referred to it, which established New York City as the heart of the post-war art world. An accomplished writer, editor and teacher, Motherwell spent much of his career lecturing, most notably at Black Mountain College in North Carolina in the 1950s.

Motherwell created work in multiple media throughout his long career, ranging from large-scale dramatic paintings to more playful collages, constructed from ephemera like letters, stamps, tobacco labels and music sheets. His paintings, drawings and prints are characterized by a stark palette and simple, decisive forms, often featuring black forms against flat fields of color. The influence of traditional Asian calligraphy can be seen in Motherwell’s expressive brushstrokes as well as in the pared-back nature of his compositions.

Motherwell was granted several high-profile commissions during his lifetime, including the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in Boston and the Stanford University Law School in California. He was also awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1989. On his death, the prominent art critic Clement Greenberg proclaimed Motherwell as one of the best artists of his generation: "Although he is underrated today, in my opinion he was the very best of the Abstract Expressionist painters."

Motherwell has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions around the world. His work is featured in many major public collections worldwide at institutions such as Tate Modern, London; Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

“Robert Motherwell, Master of Abstract, Dies.” The New York Times. G. Glueck. July 18, 1991. Web. Sept, 27, 2016

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