Robert Motherwell American, 1915-1991


Alongside Jackson PollockMark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell is one of the great American Abstract Expressionist painters. His expressive canvases and collages resulted from a profound dedication to automatism, a method of spontaneous creation that attempts to express the inner workings of the human psyche.


Motherwell’s work can be found in the public collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Tate. The artist has been the frequent subject of solo shows across Europe and the United States. Respected as a writer and theorist, Motherwell forged close friendships with the European Surrealists and other intellectuals. He served as a vital link between the pre-war avant-garde in Europe and its post-war counterpart in New York (via Artsy).