Lot 130
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Robert Motherwell

300,000 - 500,000 USD
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  • Robert Motherwell
  • In Beige with Charcoal #3
  • signed and dated 4. Feb. 73
  • acrylic and charcoal on board
  • 36 by 47 3/4 in. 91.4 by 121.3 cm.


Arthur and Elaine Cohen, New York
Janus Gallery, Los Angeles
Private Collection, Los Angeles (acquired from the above in 1981)
Thence by descent to the present owner


Jack Flam, Katy Rogers and Tim Clifford, Eds., Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941-1991, Vol. 2: Paintings on Canvas and Panel, New Haven 2012, cat. no. P716, p. 360, illustrated

Catalogue Note

"Motherwell's intense feeling for the brushstroke is evident and persists even in those versions which seem at first glance most uniform in color and texture. No matter how much he has selected and eliminated in order to achieve his effect of unity, he is never concerned with the creation of a 'system' or an 'object.' All the Open paintings maintain the sense of air, of openness, of variation within the color field."

H.H. Arnason
"Motherwell: The Window and the Wall," Artnews 68, No. 4, Summer 1969, p. 57