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Robert Motherwell : with pen and brush

Author: Mary Ann Caws
Publisher: London : Reaktion, 2003.
Series: Essays in art and culture.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Robert Motherwell was by far the most intellectual and articulate of the Abstract Expressionists. This book, written by a friend of the artist, the writer and critic Mary Ann Caws, examines Motherwell's way of thinking and writing in relation to his paintings. The artist, American by birth and approach yet European in his way of visualizing and vocalizing artistic and philosophical traditions, always worked between  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Caws, Mary Ann.
Robert Motherwell.
London : Reaktion, 2003
(OCoLC)607871375
Named Person: Robert Motherwell; Robert Motherwell; Robert Motherwell
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Ann Caws
ISBN: 1861891415 9781861891419
OCLC Number: 50494719
Description: 207 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 24 cm.
Contents: A short biography --
Painter, writer and reader --
America and Europe --
An ethical aesthetic : individual and public --
Feeling and violence --
Surrealism and spontaneity --
Voyage and quest : Baudelaire and Mallarmé, Eliot and Cornell --
Nocturnes : Matisse, Stevens and Schwartz; Frost and Jarrell --
Working through the night --
Cloud and mistake : Joyce and Yeats --
Elegy for us all : Lorca, Beckett, Alberti --
Open window : Whitman, Stevens, Olson --
Harmony of consciousness --
Open door : back to the studio --
The sublime : looking again now.
Series Title: Essays in art and culture.
Responsibility: Mary Ann Caws.
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"Robert Motherwell was by far the most intellectual and articulate of the Abstract Expressionists. This book, written by a friend of the artist, the writer and critic Mary Ann Caws, examines Motherwell's way of thinking and writing in relation to his paintings. The artist, American by birth and approach yet European in his way of visualizing and vocalizing artistic and philosophical traditions, always worked between these two poles, and it is this tension that imbues his oeuvre with its particular quality." "The author bases her interpretation of Motherwell on the artist's own writings and readings, as well as on extensive conversations and interviews with him. She considers his work and interests in relation to those of other Abstract Expressionists as well as to the work of the Surrealists. Her book highlights his deep attraction to France and French literature and art, and his concern with the idea of elegy and the tragedy of the Spanish Civil War. His singularly American spirit provided him with a manner of painting and thinking unique among the Abstract Expressionists, as well as with a distinctive and highly personal filter through which to interpret his fascination with European literature and history."--BOOK JACKET.

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