“The whole impulse of Mr. Motherwell’s art seems to be directed to restoring collage to its original position as the medium of a purely pictorial imagination...[the collages] are close in spirit to both Arp and Matisse. There is a kind of Mandarin simplicity in them, an elegance that is at once highly deliberated and very suave. There is a suggestion of lyrical purpose abetted by intellectual decision. They achieve a kind of concision that only a very experienced artist could bring off without seeming light or frivolous…they recall us to purer purposes and a more personal expression.”
Hilton Kramer, “Robert Motherwell: The Art of Collage,” The New York Times, 13 October 1968, p. D37