Wall Painting III

  • Robert Motherwell, Wall Painting III, 1952, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1994, Dedalus Foundation, Gift of the Dedalus Foundation and museum purchase made possible by the American Art Forum, 1995.2.3

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Throughout his career, Motherwell infused his work with human themes, autobiographical allusions, and elegies of human loss and struggle. He considered the modern artist to be a traveler whose life was a spiritual voyage. For him Wall Painting III was both epic and joyous. He described the star-like ochre shape at the left as a figural form that pushes against boundaries.  Its organic counterpart dances at the right in a celebration of life akin to figures in the great cutouts of Matisse. Flat, frontal, and expansive, it is a statement of personal and artistic confidence.

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

 

Title
Wall Painting III
Artists
Date
1952
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
48 x 72 in. (121.9 x 182.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Dedalus Foundation and museum purchase made possible by the American Art Forum

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1995.2.3
Palette
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