Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
Property from a New York Collector
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)

Mural Study

Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
Mural Study
signed and dated 'RM April 78' (upper left); signed again and dated again 'Robert Motherwell April 1978' (on the reverse)
oil and graphite on paper
13 3/8 x 40 in. (33.9 x 101.6 cm.)
Executed in 1978.
Dedalus Foundation, 1991
Private collection, 2002
Ameringer Yohe Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
H.H. Arnason, Robert Motherwell, New York, 1982, p. 219, pl. 306 (illustrated).
J. Flam, K. Rogers and T. Clifford, eds., Robert Motherwell, Paintings and Collages, A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941-1991, Volume Three: Collages and Paintings on Paper and Paperboard, New Haven and London, 2012, p. 595, no. W532 (illustrated).

Lot Essay

“Making an Elegy is like building a temple, an altar, a ritual place. …Unlike the rest of my work, the Elegies reflect the internationalist in me, interested in the historical forces of the twentieth century, with strong feelings about the conflicting forces in it” (R. Motherwell, quoted in J. Flam, Motherwell, New York, 1991, p. 24).

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