5 Decades of Robert Motherwell's Daring Abstraction

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As defined by Robert Motherwell, Abstract Expressionism was “the first American art that was filled with anger as well as beauty.” Through his wide-ranging oeuvre of paintings, prints and collages, Motherwell employed simple shapes to express tensions between intellect and emotion, restraint and release, elegance and raw power. Robert Motherwell, an S2 exhibition, on view at Sotheby’s Los Angeles through 28 February, presents the artist’s oscillations between feeling and form across five decades. Click ahead to explore the key moments in Motherwell’s storied career. 

View S2 Exhibition 'Robert Motherwell' on view at Sotheby's Los Angeles through 28 February

5 Decades of Robert Motherwell's Daring Abstraction

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