Robert Motherwell

male / American
Aberdeen (Washington) 1915-01-24
Provincetown (Massachusetts) 1991-07-17
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married Maria Emilia Ferreira y Moyeros in 1941; after divorce, married Betty Little in 1950; after divorce, married Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) in 1958; after divorce, married Renate Pensold
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Biographical information
California School of Fine Arts (San Francisco)
studied painting between 1932 and 1937
Active in
  • Stanford (Californië) 1932 - 1937
    bachelor's degree in philosophy from Stanford University
  • Europa 1935
    grand tour: Paris, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, London, Scottland
  • Cambridge (Massachusetts) 1940
    graduate study in esthertics at Harvard University; thesis on Eugène Delacroix
  • New York City 1940
    continued his studies at Columbia University with Meyer Schapiro
  • Mexico 1941
    journey with Roberto Matta
  • Spanje 1958
    also traveled to France
Teacher at academy/university
Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown)
University of Oregon
taught a course in painting in 1939
Hunter College (New York)
taught painting in the 1950s
Black Mountain College (Asheville, North Carolina)
taught painting in the 1950s
active in
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Abstract Expressionism
letter RKD no. 03 1567: project Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and Collages by Robert Motherwell by Joachim Pissarro, Dedalus Foundation, Inc. 555 West 57th Street, Suite 1222, New York, New York 10019, see also (auction New York, Post-War and Contemporary Art, morning session, Christie's, 12-05-2005, no. 295, 296, 311, 314, 315)
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Entered on: 1991-07-22; Modification on: 2018-08-14


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