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Robert Motherwell
THE BALKAN LUTE
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 435,000 USD
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235
Robert Motherwell
THE BALKAN LUTE
Estimate
400,000600,000
LOT SOLD. 435,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Robert Motherwell
1915 - 1991
THE BALKAN LUTE
signed and dated 75; titled on the reverse 
acrylic, canvas collage and ink on canvas mounted on board
72 by 36 in. 182.9 by 91.4 cm.
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Provenance

Private Collection 
Collection of Bud Yorkin, California (acquired from the above in 1980)
Private Collection, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

Los Angeles, Ace Gallery, Robert Motherwell: Major Paintings and Collages, July - August 1975
Hanover, Galerie Brusberg, Andre Ammerich bei Brusberg, July - August 1977

Literature

Exh. Cat., Barcelona, Centro Cultural de la Caixa de Pensions, Robert Motherwell, February - April 1980, illustrated in color 
Francisco Calvo Serraller, 'Robert Motherwell: La guerra civil española fue un símbolo para mi generación', El Pais, 18 April 1980, p. 32
H.H. Arnason, Robert Motherwell, New York 1982, pp. 85-87, illustrated in color
H.H. Arnason, Robert Motherwell, New York 1997, p. 86, illustrated in color 
Jack Flam, Katy Rogers and Tim Clifford, Eds., Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1994-1991, Volume Three: Collages and Paintings on Paper and Paperboard, New Haven 2012, cat. no. C523, p. 248, illustrated in color



Catalogue Note

"The 'pure' red of which certain abstractionists speak does not exist. Any red is rooted in blood, glass, wine, hunters' caps and a thousand other concrete phenomena. Otherwise we would have no feeling toward red and its relations..."
Robert Motherwell

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