Robert Motherwell …..
Robert Motherwell born Jan 1915 and living until July of 1991 was an American abstract expressionist painter and printmaker. He was one of the youngest of the New York School which included Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko, Willem De Kooning and Phillip Guston.
Robert’s gift for rhetoric and easy comfortable feeling around people is credited with placing him on the map. Though others in his group who later became as famous, might not have been had Motherwell not been so engaging with groups.
His writing and three published books:
- The Dada Painters and Poets, R. Motherwell, New York, 1951.
- Robert Motherwell, The Collected Writings of Robert Motherwell, University of California Press, 1999.
- Robert Motherwell translated to English Paul Signac‘s book, D’Eugène Delacroix au néo-impressionisme, 1938.
are all considered a credit to his ability to engage the average reader and not just the art critic.
To me his gift as a printmaker served him very well as a painter and he was able to glean techniques and improvise on the canvas creating almost cinamographic images with his paint. His work is beautifully fluid and yet eloquently simple and moving at the same time.