Robert Motherwell

1915–1991

Robert Motherwell, 'Elegy to the Spanish Republic #132' 1975–85
Elegy to the Spanish Republic #132 1975–85
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Biography

Robert Motherwell (January 24, 1915 – July 16, 1991) was an American painter, printmaker, and editor. He was one of the youngest of the New York School (a phrase he coined), which also included Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.

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