Robert Motherwell

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Robert Motherwell (January 24, 1915 –July 16, 1991) was a U.S. abstract expressionist painter. 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.


  • Among other ends, modern art is related to the ideal of Internationalism.
  • American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s An Illustrated Survey, p.238, Herskovic, Marika; nyschoolpress, 2003, ISBN 0-9677994-1-4


  • Without ethical consciousness, a painter is only a decorator.
  • Every intelligent painter carries the whole culture of modern painting in his head. It is his real subject, of which anything he paints is both a homage and a critique, and everything he says is a gloss.
  • ...painting is the mind realizing itself in colour.

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