Robert Motherwell: Elegy to the Spanish Republic by Robert MotherwellRobert Motherwell: Elegy to the Spanish Republic by Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell: Elegy to the Spanish Republic

By (artist)Robert MotherwellContribution byDavid Anfam, Barbara Guest

Hardcover | July 26, 2016

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Robert Motherwell (1915–91) came to abstraction not through painting, but through philosophy, poetry and art history. While studying at Stanford, he was introduced to modernism and symbolism; Mallarmé’s dictum, “To paint, not the thing, but the effect it provides,” would prove essential in Motherwell’s work. Elegy to the Spanish Republic is perhaps the most literal example of this influence. Begun in 1948, the series, comprising some 150 canvases, was the artist’s “funeral song for something once cared about” in abstract pictorial form.
Exploring the inextricable links between poetry, politics, writing and painting revealed in the history of the series, this volume includes Harold Rosenberg’s “A Bird for Every Bird,” Federico García Lorca’s “Llanto por Ignacio Sánchez Mejías,” notes and writings by Motherwell on the Spanish Civil War, scholarly essays and rare archival material.
Critically acclaimed poet and critic John Yau is the author of numerous publications in the fine arts, including The United States of Jasper Johns (1997), Ed Moses: A Retrospective (1996), Morris Graves: Flower Paintings (1994), and In the Realm of Appearances: The Art of Andy Warhol (1993). Yau works and resides in New York City.
Title:Robert Motherwell: Elegy to the Spanish RepublicFormat:HardcoverDimensions:120 pages, 12.5 × 10 × 0.68 inPublished:July 26, 2016Publisher:Dominique LévyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1944379002

ISBN - 13:9781944379001