Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
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Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)

Royal Dirge

Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
Royal Dirge
signed and dated 'R Motherwell 72' (upper left); signed again, titled and dated again 'R. Motherwell 27 October 1972 "Royal Dirge"' (on the reverse)
acrylic on canvas
71¾ x 54 in. (182.2 x 137.1 cm.)
Painted in 1972.
Lawrence Rubin Gallery, New York
Solomon B. Smith, Lake Forest, acquired from the above, 1973
By bequest from the above to the present owner, 1986
Playnet, Marcelin. "Peinture et poésie ou la leçon de Robert Motherwell," Art Press, no. 19 (July-August 1975), pp. 4-9 (illustrated).
New York, Lawrence Rubin Gallery, March 1973.

Lot Essay

This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of paintings and collages being prepared by the Dedalus Foundation.

"My images are determined by a combination of vectors. A subject emerges out of an interaction between my self, my I, and my medium. It is determined by what dominant hues I am using, by the format, by whether the spatial concept is of a void, or a wall, or a figure (or, very rarely, of a landscape)... My work has a strong sense of light, but it is not atmospheric light; it is generated instead by planar color and value" (R. Motherwell, quoted in J. Flam, Motherwell, New York: Rizzoli, 1991, pp. 11).

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