It is said that art imitates life, and in this case the similarities are uncanny. Artist and painter, Robert Motherwell, is notably one of the most recognizable abstract impressionists of all time, and his monochromatic painting series titled: Elegy to the Spanish Republic holds a shocking resemblance to Aria Stone Gallery’s Dalmata marble. Both manifesting symbolic images of nature and emotion, the connection between Dalmata marble and Motherwell’s paintings is absolutely flooring.

Robert Motherwell's Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 70
Robert Motherwell’s Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 70. Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

About Robert Motherwell:

Robert Motherwell (January 24, 1915 – July 16, 1991) was an American painter, as well as an accomplished writer, editor and print maker. He possessed an extensive formal education at the New York School and was well versed in literature, philosophy and European modernism. By the end of his education, he became an unofficial spokesman for the Abstract Expressionist movement.

Robert Motherwell’s paintings and prints feature simple abstract shapes, bold colors and a dynamic balance between thick and gentle brushstrokes. They reflect art history, philosophy and contemporary art, but also the essential human conditions of life, death, oppression and revolution.

Elegy to the Spanish Republic:

Motherwell’s Elegies of the 1960s reflect his Abstract Expressionist affiliations in the gestural, painterly treatment of form, the rapid execution, and the integration of accidental effects, such as spattered paint. Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 70 in particular was executed on the floor rather than on an easel.

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Robert Motherwell’s Elegy to the Spanish Republic Exhibition. Image courtesy of Lévy Gorvy Gallery.

The paintings took flight in about 1948, and later evolved into an ongoing series consisting of over 100 variations that he titled, Elegies to the Spanish Republic. Initially inspired by the Spanish Civil War, the real subject of this series did not stem from any event in particular, but rather a general meditation on life and death.

Robert Motherwell's Elegy Study No. XIII
Robert Motherwell’s Elegy Study No. XIII. Image Courtesy of Lévy Gorvy Gallery.

Although specific paintings may express an individual spirit, they remain a family group, related to one another by similarities in composition and format. “In all of these paintings, the horizontal white canvas is rhythmically divided by two or three freely drawn vertical bars and punctuated at various intervals by ovoid forms, creating a structure seemingly heraldic in nature. The paintings are almost always composed entirely of black and white – the colors of mourning and radiance/death and life.”

– The Metropolitan Museum of Art

What Is Dalmata Marble?

Reminiscent of Robert Motherwell’s Elegy to the Spanish Republic series, Aria Stone Gallery’s Dalmata marble features striking, black veins and silvery hues flowing throughout a white backdrop. While Dalmata itself is classified as a marble, the black veins traveling throughout this piece are actually made up of granite, while the white veins remain marble.

Aria Stone Gallery's Dalmata Marble
Aria Stone Gallery’s Dalmata Marble. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery. 

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When viewed from a distance, this dramatic stone can oftentimes manifest organic themes and forms that are perceived differently in the eyes of each beholder. Much like Robert Motherwell’s abstract paintings, Dalmata marble can be considered an abstract piece of art crafted by Mother Earth herself.

Aria Stone Gallery’s Dalmata Marble Shower. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

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Aria Stone Gallery’s Dalmata Marble Feature Wall. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

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