“One might truthfully say that abstract art is stripped bare of other things in order to intensify it, its rhythms, spatial intervals, and color structure. Abstraction is a process of emphasis, and emphasis vivifies life.”
Robert Motherwell was part of a movement comprised of loosely associated painters who sought to illuminate universal and emotional truths through nonrepresentational art. Inspired by the surrealists’ exploration of the subconscious, Motherwell adopted a spontaneous, “automatic” painting process, letting his brush wander across the canvas, undeterred by preconceived ideas.
Source: Museum of Modern Art, Christie’s
Robert Motherwell, Orange Lyric, Aquatint with carborundum from one copper plate printed in orange; line plate (copper) with carborundum printed in black, 29 x 34 in. (73.7 x 86.4 cm) framed; paper 25x31 (63.5x78.7 cm), Gift of Robert Motherwell to the Foundation of Art and Preservation in Embassies