Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
Property from the Collection of Sally Sirkin Lewis
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)

The Dutch Hat

Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
The Dutch Hat
signed with the artist's initials and dated 'RM 74' (upper right); signed again, titled and dated again '"THE DUTCH HAT" Aug-Dec-1974 R. Motherwell' (on the reverse)
acrylic, oilstick, graphite and paper collage on Upson board
72 x 36 in. (182.8 x 91.4 cm.)
Executed in 1974.
Private collection, 1976
Knoedler & Co., New York, 1981
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1981
C. Moser, "Motherwell a Super Artist at 61," Houston Chronicle, April 16, 1976, sec. 2, p. 6.
I. Rothschild, “At Home: With the Motherwells,” Fairfield County 8, no. 1 January 1978, p. 48 (illustrated).
H. Drohojowska, “Art of Living: Fluent Spaces for a Designer’s Beverly Hills House," Architectural Digest 45, no. 12, December 1988, p. 109 (illustrated).
J. Flam, K. Rogers and T. Clifford, eds., Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné 1941-1991, Volume 3 Collages and Paintings on Paper and Paperboard, New Haven, 2012, p. 236, no. C497 (illustrated).
Toronto, David Mirvish Gallery, Robert Motherwell, April-May 1975.
Houston, Janie C. Lee Gallery, Robert Motherwell, April-May 1976.

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Lot Essay

“The tension between life as it is lives and life as it is transformed into art has for a long time been evident in Motherwell’s work. It is this tension that underlies his concern with subject matter, and has to a large degree determined the range of color and imagery he has set for himself in the various mediums in which he works. And it is probably this tension that has impelled him to keep his almost obsessive concern with autobiographical detail—the scraps of paper, souvenirs, invitations, certificates, labels, envelopes, and wrappers that he saves—confined to the single autobiographical medium of collage.”
J. Flam, Motherwell, Rizzoli, New York, 1991, p. 27

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