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Image size: 19 3/4 x 25 inches (50.4 x 63.5 cm)
Paper size: 22 x 30 inches (55.9 x 76.2

While in graduate school at Harvard University, Motherwell encountered writers that inspired him to express his individuality through the act of gestural painting and drawing. In the early 1940s, Motherwell studied art history at Columbia under the famous scholar and critic Meyer Shapiro, who later introduced Motherwell's work into the art world. Motherwell was influenced by the European Surrealist and Automatist émigré painters, and worked closely with Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911–2002) with whom he traveled to Mexico in 1941. Spurred by this trip, Motherwell began creating several early works that hinted at the gestural quality he would develop in his later work. In the 1950s, his art became more abstract, culminating in the production of his most famous and profoundly influential series, Elegy to the Spanish Republic. He is best known for his mature work, recognizable for its graphic quality expressed through saturated and expressive brushstrokes. In addition to his contributions in painting, Motherwell taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolina and Hunter College in New York, and was the editor of several influential art history books.

Selected Public Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
Kunstmuseum Basel (Switzerland)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)

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Catalogue Raisonné: 14, 15, Belknap
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  • Shipping Dimensions: 19.75 x 25 in. (50.16 x 63.5 cm.)
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