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Lot 0132
Oil on canvas, framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed RM, possible initials of Robert Motherwell on the lower right corner. 41 x 50 cm (16.1 x 19.7 inches). Frame size: 51 x 61 cm (20.1 x 24.0 inches). PROVENANCE: Southern Ontario estate.

Alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) is considered one of the great American Abstract Expressionist painters. His esteemed intellect not only undergirded his gorgeous, expressive paintings - frequently featuring bold black shapes against fields of color - but also made Motherwell one of the leading writers, theorists, and advocates of the New York School.


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American Abstract Oil on Canvas Signed RM

Estimate $1,500 - $2,500Dec 20, 2018