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Collage No. 2

1945 Robert Motherwell Born: Aberdeen, Washington 1915 Died: Provincetown, Massachusetts 1991 oil on paper mounted on paperboard 21 7/8 x 15 in. (55.7 x 38.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Dedalus Foundation and museum purchase © 1994, Dedalus Foundation 1995.2.2 Not currently on view


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In the spring of 1943, Peggy Guggenheim invited Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, and several others to create collages for an international exhibition at her New York gallery, Art of This Century. Although he had not worked in collage before, Motherwell accepted. The chance to show alongside Picasso, Matisse, Braque, and Miró was simply too good to pass up. For Motherwell collage was a revelation. Painting over and around bits of cut or torn paper allowed him to work spontaneously, and he came to think of collage as a kind of private “journal” that offered a way to introduce bits of the everyday world into otherwise abstract compositions.

Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
, 2008

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