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Robert Motherwell
Monster (for Charles Ives)
1959
oil
78 1/4 x 118 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.



Robert Motherwell painted Monster while listening to music by the twentieth-century composer, Charles Ives. For the painter, Ives's eccentric and highly original music epitomized the challenges for the modern artist in any medium, moving through uncharted territory.