Robert Motherwell


Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, made up the quartet of American abstract painters that radically defined Modern painting and established New York City as the center of the post-war art world.

He was the unofficial spokesman of the New York School, writing, teaching, and lecturing on behalf of the movement, his fellow artists, and the merits of abstraction. 

Motherwell's aesthetic is instantly recognizable in both paintings and prints for their repeated motifs: giant black forms, sometimes aggressive, sometimes spontaneous, that seem to confidently devour their pictorial plain.

While it is almost impossible to decipher any trace of figuration in Motherwell's oeuvre, he was inspired by and referenced literature, politics, and art history.  

"House of Atreus" recalls the Greek tragedy of the same name that details a lineage of violence, betrayal, and revenge. Confidently depicting the contours of a home, this work represents a rare departure from Motherwell's commitment to abstraction.

The front door that stands in the center of the structure is consumed by two towering black figures, effectively blocking the entrance. Could it be that the presence of the looming silhouettes, or shadows, serves as a reference to the sinister mythology?

Motherwell is one of the most remarkable and courageous printmakers of the 20th century. He was always searching for new techniques to express his ideas and aesthetic.

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"House of Atreus"

USA, 1977

Color aquatints on Rives de Lin

Signed and inscribed "ap VI/VI"

Artist proof, aside from an edition of 40

7"H 5"W (image)

20"H 14"W (sheet)

24.75"H 18.75"W (framed)

Printed by Catherine Mousley, with the artist's blind stamp lower right.

Published by Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York.

Very good condition. 

Publications: The Painter and the Printer: Robert Motherwell's Graphics 1943-1980 p. 207

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