Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) was one of the key progenitors of Abstract Expressionism. An American painter, printmaker and editor, Motherwell was one of the youngest of the New York School which included Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.
His bold, abstract, often intuitive style and approach to painting not only garnered him international acclaim during his lifetime, but also established his standing in the canon of art history.
Living in New York City in the 1940s allowed Motherwell to develop a strong artistic social circle, and he became close with fellow artists including Hofmann, Pollock and Rothko. A solo exhibition of Motherwell’s work was held at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century gallery, New York, in 1944. From that point, Motherwell went stratospheric, showing in the most important galleries and being celebrated worldwide for the rest of his life. Motherwell’s art was a search for a personal and political voice in abstraction. That search produced a body of work that tells of the persistence of the human soul.