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Robert Motherwell
Wall Painting III
1952
oil
48 x 72 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Dedalus Foundation and museum purchase made possible by the American Art Forum



Motherwell's "Wall Paintings" grew from commissions for synagogues in Millburn, New Jersey and Springfield, Massachusetts. In arriving at designs for these major works, he developed imagery that was suggestive and metaphorical without having any fixed meaning. The contrast of dark and light, hard-edged and curved forms reminds us of essential dualities.