Artistic Inspiration : Robert Motherwell

They say that art imitates life and in this case the similarities are uncanny. Robert Motherwell, notably one of the most recognizable abstract impressionists and his work called Elegy to the Spanish Republic has a shocking resemblance to our Dalmata Marble. There is an absolutely mind blowing connection between the colors and shapes that come through these two works of art.

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About the Artist: Robert Motherwell (January 24, 1915 – July 16, 1991) was an American painter, print maker and editor. He was one of the youngest of the New York School (a phrase he coined), which also included Philip GustonWillem de KooningJackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.

Motherwell’s path to becoming an abstract artist was through philosophy, art history, and poetry. He studied at Stanford, Harvard, and then Columbia, where he was introduced to émigré Surrealists (including Matta) by art historian Meyer Schapiro. His particular genesis as an abstractionist has its basis in Mallarmé, whose dictum “To paint, not the thing, but the effect it provides” was pivotal.

The whole is a dialogue of formal opposites-straight, curved, black, white-executed in a painterly, brushy manner in which the act of creation is evident. For Motherwell, as for so many other Abstract Expressionists, this is a search for universal content that stems from form itself: in his words, “…the Elegies use an essential component of pictorial language that is as basic as the polyphonic rhythms of Medieval or African or Oriental music.”

 

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