Robert Motherwell

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Birthday
24, 1915
Birthplace
Washington
Death Date
Jul 16, 1991 (76)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
24, 1915
Birthplace
Washington
Death Date
Jul 16, 1991 (76)

About

Abstract painter and printmaker associated with the New York School movement along with Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.

Before Fame

He studied at the California School of Fine Arts and at Stanford University. His reading of symbolist literature, such as the works of Mallarmé, James Joyce, Edgar Allan Poe, and Octavio Paz, inspired his work in modernism.

Trivia

His travels to Mexico inspired his work "Little Spanish Prison" from 1944.

Family Life

He was the eldest son of Robert Burns Motherwell II and Margaret Hogan Motherwell. He had two children with his wife Helen Frankenthaler, whom he married in 1958.

Associated With

He was influenced by the work of surrealist painter Max Ernst.