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"Every man becomes, to a certain degree, what the people he generally converses with are." -- Robert Motherwell
Robert Motherwell (January 24, 1915 — July 16, 1991) was an American abstract expressionist painter and printmaker. He was one of the youngest of the New York School (a phrase he coined), which also included Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, and Philip Guston.

Motherwell was born in Aberdeen, Washington. The family later moved to San Francisco, where Motherwell's father served as president of Wells Fargo Bank. Robert Motherwell received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Stanford University in 1937 and completed one year of a philosophy Ph.D. at Harvard before shifting fields to art and art history, studying under Meyer Schapiro at Columbia University. His rigorous background in rhetoric would serve him and the abstract expressionists well, as he was able to tour the country giving speeches that articulated to the public what it was that he and his friends were doing in New York. Without his tireless devotion to communication (in addition to his prolific painting), well-known abstract expressionists like Rothko, who was extremely shy and rarely left his studio, might not have made it into the public eye. Motherwell's collected writings are a truly exceptional window into the abstract expressionist world. He was a lucid and engaging writer, and his essays are considered a bridge for those who want to learn more about non-representational art but who are put off by dense art criticism.

Motherwell spent significant time in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Cy Twombly studied under him.

Motherwell's greatest goal was to use the staging of his work to convey to the viewer the mental and physical engagement of the artist with the canvas. He preferred using the starkness of black paint as one of the basic elements of his paintings. He was known to frequently employ the technique of diluting his paint with turpentine to create a shadow effect. His long-running series of paintings "Elegies for the Spanish Republic" is generally considered his most significant project.

Motherwell was a member of the editorial board of the surrealist magazine VVV and a contributor of Wolfgang Paalens journal Dyn, which was edited 1942-44 in six numbers. He also edited Paalens collected essays Form and Sense in 1945 as the first Number of Problems of Contemporary Art.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth houses the largest collection of Motherwell's works. The Walker Art Center also has a nearly complete collection of his prints. The Empire State Plaza holds some of his work.

He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1989.

He was married to artist Helen Frankenthaler as his third wife, whom he later divorced.

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Total Books: 21
Robert Motherwell Open
2010 - Robert Motherwell Open (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781901785128
ISBN-10: 1901785122
Genre: Arts & Photography

The Writings of Robert Motherwell
2007 - The Writings of Robert Motherwell [Documents of Twentieth Century Art] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780520250475
ISBN-10: 0520250478
Genre: Arts & Photography

The Dada Painters and Poets An Anthology
2007 - The Dada Painters and Poets an Anthology (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780674185005
ISBN-10: 0674185005
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Writings On Cy Twombly
2003 - Writings on Cy Twombly (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9783888149542
ISBN-10: 3888149541
Genres: Arts & Photography, History

Onnasch Collection
2002 - Onnasch Collection (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788489698628
ISBN-10: 8489698627
Genres: Arts & Photography, Nonfiction, Engineering & Transportation

Joseph Cornell's Theater of the Mind Selected Diaries Letters and Files
The Collected Writings of Robert Motherwell
1999 - The Collected Writings of Robert Motherwell [Documents of Twentieth-Century Art] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780520221796
ISBN-10: 0520221796
Genre: Arts & Photography

Reconciliation Elegy
1998 - Reconciliation Elegy (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780847803361
ISBN-10: 0847803368
Genre: Arts & Photography

The Dedalus Sketchbooks
The Dedalus Sketchbooks [Abrams Artists Sketchbook] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780810923959
ISBN-10: 0810923955
Genre: Arts & Photography

Robert Motherwell The Dedalus Sketchbooks
Robert Motherwell the Dedalus Sketchbooks [An Abrams Artist's Sketchbook] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780810949904
ISBN-10: 0810949903
Genre: Arts & Photography

Motherwell Drawings 1951-1986   February 16-March 13 1999
Motherwell Drawings 1951-1986 February 16-march 13 1999 [exhibition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780897971508
ISBN-10: 0897971507
Genre: Arts & Photography

Robert Motherwell and Black
Robert Motherwell and Black (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780902825185
ISBN-10: 0902825186
Genre: Arts & Photography

Eye to Eye The Camera Remembers
Eye to Eye the Camera Remembers (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781555950057
ISBN-10: 1555950051

Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages April 10-May 27 1992
Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages April 10-may 27 1992 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781879173088
ISBN-10: 1879173085

Peintre et public
Peintre Et Public [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782905657503
ISBN-10: 2905657502

Robert Motherwell [Centre Cultural de la Caixa de Pensions, Barcelona, Febrer - Abril 1980] (Paperback)
Robert Motherwell 1915/1991 La puerta abierta  the open door
Robert Motherwell 1915/1991 La Puerta Abierta the Open Door [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789686084375
ISBN-10: 9686084371
Genres: Arts & Photography, Nonfiction