Lot 152
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Robert Motherwell

200,000 - 300,000 USD
432,500 USD
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  • Robert Motherwell
  • Open No. 79: In Gray with Charcoal
  • signed with the artist's initials and dedicated For Renate Ponsold Easter Day 1972 on the reverse
  • acrylic and charcoal on canvas
  • 40 by 60 in. 101.6 by 152.4 cm.
  • Executed in 1969.


Gift of the artist to Renate Ponsold Motherwell in April 1972


H. H. Arnason, Robert Motherwell, New York 1982, p. 163, illustrated in color
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. P470, p. 257, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

"And in real life, I would rather spend time looking at nature that has been modified by man—at parks or town squares with walls, say—than at raw nature or wilderness. The Open series was generated in part by these feelings. In Mexico, in the old days, they built the four walls of a house solid, without windows or doors, and later cut some windows and doors beautifully proportioned, out of the solid adobe wall. There is something in me that responds to the stark beauty of dividing a flat, solid plane."

Robert Motherwell