Robert Motherwell: Pure Painting

Susan Davidson (Ed.)

Hatje Cantz, 2023


An intensely intellectual painter, Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) is renowned for his distinctive Abstract Expressionist style. The seminal artist permeated his gestural works with an expressionism and austerity reflective of the human psyche; at the same time his oeuvre addressed political and humanitarian themes. Robert Motherwell: Pure Painting is an in-depth exploration of his artistic practice. Leading art scholars examine the American artist’s turn from Surrealism to abstraction and analyze the major series that developed over his fifty-year career. The catalogue studies the dialogue between Motherwell’s art and the nineteenth-century French painting tradition, investigates his relationship to Spanish techniques and processes, with an emphasis on their underlying political significance, and delves into Motherwell’s use of ochre pigment, with its evocation of both deep geological time and avant-garde practices.


ISBN: 9783775754385

208 pages, 100 illustrations, 30,8 x 26,2 cm, hardcover, English