Robert Motherwell

American, b. 1915, Aberdeen, Washington; d. 1991, Provincetown, Massachusetts
Robert Motherwell


Robert Motherwell was a painter, author, collage maker, and printmaker known as one of the earliest Abstract Expressionist artists. His early work was inspired by the Surrealist method of painting through the subconsciousness, but Motherwell is most known for his abstracted work incorporating historical and literary references. Dublin 1916, with Black and Tan refers to the 1916 Irish uprising against the British with black and tan representing British soldier’s uniforms.  The tapestry, Burnt Sienna, visually recalls Motherwell’s automatic and expressive gestures of his paintings; however, the spontaneous look is juxtaposed by the carefully planned and executed medium of tapestry.

Burnt Sienna


Robert Motherwell, Burnt Sienna


Title: Burnt Sienna
Date: 1968
Medium: handwoven wool
Dimensions: 120.75 x 98 inches
Accession Number: P66.1.2
Location: North Concourse









Dublin 1916, with Black and Tan


Robert Motherwell, Dublin 1916, with Black and Tan


Title: Dublin 1916, with Black and Tan
Date: 1964
Medium: oil and acrylic on canva
Dimensions: 84 x 204 inches
Accession Number: P66.1.2
Location: Corning Tower Concourse Level





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