Robert Motherwell Aberdeen, Washington 1915 - 1991 Provincetown, Massachusetts

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Robert Motherwell - Open No. 25: In Blue with Variations
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
November 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 900.000 - 1.200.000 USD
Realised: 2.329.000 USD
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Robert Motherwell - Bleeding Black #7 (from Lyric Suite)
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 15.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Robert Motherwell - Paterson\'s Oatcakes
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 60.000 - 80.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Robert Motherwell - Untitled (Elegy)
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The Estate of Melvin S. Rosenthal
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 1.000.000 - 1.500.000 USD
Realised: 1.134.375 USD
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Robert Motherwell - Samurai No. 8
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 100.000 - 150.000 USD
Realised: 163.800 USD
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Robert Motherwell - Black Gesture on Copper Ground
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A Graphic Century including French Impressions: Prints from Ambroise Vollard and Henri M. Petiet
November 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 2.142 USD
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Robert Motherwell - Gauloise bleues (White)
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 USD
Realised: not available
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Robert Motherwell - Gauloises bleues (Yellow with Black Square)
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 USD
Realised: 2.805 USD
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Robert Motherwell - Gauloises bleues (Raw Umber Edge)
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 USD
Realised: 2.805 USD
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Robert Motherwell - St. Michael III
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: 5.100 USD
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Robert Motherwell - St. Michael II
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 3.000 - 4.000 USD
Realised: 3.570 USD
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Robert Motherwell - Untitled (Green), from London Series I
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 3.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: 4.463 USD
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The artist Robert Motherwell

  • US-American painter who is assigned to Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.
  • His later works reveal a closeness to colour field painting.
  • His best-known works include the series »Elegies to the Spanish Republic«.

The US-American painter Robert Motherwell was born on 24 January 1915 in Aberdeen (Washington) and initially studied philosophy. From 1938 to 1939 he lived in Paris, where he met Piet Mondrian and Fernand Léger, and then moved to New York to study art history at Columbia University under Kurt Seligmann and Meyer Schapiro. In the early 1940s, Motherwell came into contact with various Surrealists whose ideas had a lasting influence on him. He became friends with the Chilean artist Robert Matta. On a trip together they met Wolfgang Paalen, with whom Motherwell subsequently spent several months.

In 1941 he returned to New York and worked with Paalen on his art magazine DYN. In 1945 he taught at Black Mountain College (North Carolina), where Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly were among his students. Two years later, in 1947-48, he founded the art school Subjects of the Artists together with William Baziotes, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, and also taught at Hunter College in New York from 1951 to 1958. In 1958 he married the painter Helen Frankenthaler and they remained together until 1971. A year later he married the German photographer Renate Ponsold.

He received many honours and awards throughout his life, including the Guggenheim International Award (1964) and the National Medal of Arts (1989). In addition, his artwork has been exhibited internationally on several occasions, including at the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and the Museum of the 20th Century (Vienna). Robert Motherwell died on 16.07.1991 in Provincetown (Massachusetts).

Motherwell is considered a Surrealist painter and was one of the leading representatives of Abstract Expressionism. His drawings and paintings stand out for their dominant black markings and are often attributed to action painting. Influenced by Surrealist ideas such as automatism, his works are characterised by an impulsive and intuitive approach. This is also reflected in his best-known work - the series of paintings Elegies to the Spanish Republic. Here he dealt artistically with the Spanish Civil War and created more than 150 paintings with black expressive forms on a white background in over 30 years. With the beginning of the 1960s, his works also reveal a closeness to colour field painting.

Der Künstler Robert Motherwell

  • US-amerikanischer Maler, des Surrealismus und Abstrakten Expressionismus.
  • Seine späteren Werke lassen eine Nähe zum Color-Field-Painting erkennen.
  • Zu seinen bekanntesten Arbeiten zählt die Bilderserie »Elegien auf die Spanische Republik«.

Der US-amerikanische Maler Robert Motherwell wurde am 24.01.1915 in Aberdeen (Washington) geboren und studierte zunächst Philosophie. Von 1938 bis 1939 lebte er in Paris, wo er Piet Mondrian und Fernand Léger kennenlernte, und zog dann nach New York, um an der Columbia University unter Kurt Seligmann und Meyer Schapiro Kunstgeschichte zu studieren. Anfang der 1940er kam Motherwell mit verschiedenen Surrealisten in Kontakt, deren Ideen ihn nachhaltig beeinflussten. So freundete er sich mit dem chilenischen Künstler Robert Matta an. Auf einer gemeinsamen Reise lernten sie Wolfgang Paalen kennen, bei dem Motherwell anschließend einige Monate verbrachte.

1941 kehrte er dann wieder nach New York zurück und arbeitete zusammen mit Paalen an dessen Kunstmagazin DYN. 1945 lehrte er am Black Mountain College (North Carolina), hier gehörten Robert Rauschenberg und Cy Twombly zu seinen Schülern. Zudem gründete er zwei Jahre später, 1947-48, gemeinsam mit William Baziotes, Mark Rothko und Barnett Newman die Kunstschule Subjects of the Artists und lehrte von 1951 bis 1958 zusätzlich am Hunter College in New York. 1958 heiratete er die Malerin Helen Frankenthaler und blieb mit ihr bis 1971 liiert. Ein Jahr darauf heiratete er die deutsche Fotografin Renate Ponsold.

Im Laufe seines Lebens wurden ihm viele Ehrungen und Auszeichnungen zuteil, darunter der Guggenheim International Award (1964) und die National Medal of Arts (1989). Zudem wurden seine Arbeiten international mehrfach ausgestellt, darunter im Museum of Modern Art (New York City), im Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, im San Francisco Museum of Art, in der Kunsthalle Düsseldorf sowie dem Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts (Wien). Robert Motherwell starb am 16.07.1991 in Provincetown (Massachusetts).

Motherwell gilt als Maler des Surrealismus und war einer der führenden Vertreter des Abstrakten Expressionismus. Seine Zeichnungen und Malereien stechen durch dominante schwarze Zeichensetzungen hervor und werden häufig dem Action-Painting zugeordnet. Beeinflusst von den Ideen des Surrealismus wie dem Automatismus, zeichnen sich seine Arbeiten durch einen impulsiven und intuitiven Ansatz aus. Dies spiegelt sich auch in seinem bekanntesten Werk wider – der Bilderserie Elegien auf die Spanische Republik. Hier setzte er sich künstlerisch mit dem Spanischen Bürgerkrieg auseinander und kreierte in über 30 Jahren mehr als 150 Gemälde mit schwarzen ausdrucksstarken Formen auf einem weißen Hintergrund. Mit Beginn der 1960er Jahre lässt sich in seinen Werken zudem eine Nähe zum Color-Field-Painting erkennen.

Robert Motherwell - Untitled (Black) from London Series I
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 5.100 USD
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Robert Motherwell - Oy/Yo
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Robert Motherwell - Game of Chance
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Robert Motherwell - Black on Black
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 USD
Realised: not available
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Robert Motherwell - Untitled
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 7.000 - 8.000 USD
Realised: 8.925 USD
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Robert Motherwell - At the Edge
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 8.000 - 10.000 USD
Realised: 10.200 USD
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Robert Motherwell - Black Mountain (State II Red)
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Robert Motherwell - Yellow Chord
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Prints and Multiples
October 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 3.276 USD
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Robert Motherwell - The Poet\'S Eye
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Prints and Multiples
October 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 5.292 USD
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Robert Motherwell - Australian Stone
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Prints and Multiples
October 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 USD
Realised: 5.040 USD
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Robert Motherwell - Game Of Chance
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Prints and Multiples
October 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 USD
Realised: 6.300 USD
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Robert Motherwell - Red Sea Iii
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Prints and Multiples
October 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 12.000 - 18.000 USD
Realised: 15.120 USD
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