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Open No. 19: In Cerulean Blue with Charcoal Line

Artist:
Robert Motherwell (American, Aberdeen, Washington 1915–1991 Provincetown, Massachusetts)
Date:
1968
Medium:
Polymer paint and charcoal on canvas
Dimensions:
115 1/2 x 84 in. (293.4 x 213.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1969
Accession Number:
69.277.1
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (lower left): RM
private collection, New York (1968–69; their gift to MMA)

Toledo Museum of Art. "Paintings and Collages by Robert Motherwell," November 2–December 7, 1969, no catalogue.

Seattle Museum of Art. "Paintings and Collages by Robert Motherwell," January 9–February 15, 1970, no catalogue.

Palo Alto. Stanford University Art Museum. "New Works by Robert Motherwell," April 14–May 17, 1970, no catalogue.

Buffalo. Albright-Knox Art Gallery. "Color and Field: 1890–1970," September 15–November 1, 1970, no. 68 (as "Open No. 19 in Cerulean Blue with Charcoal Line").

Dayton Art Institute. "Color and Field: 1890–1970," November 20, 1970–January 10, 1971, no. 68.

Cleveland Museum of Art. "Color and Field: 1890–1970," February 4–March 28, 1971, no. 68.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "The Great Decade of American Abstraction: Modernist Art 1960 to 1970," January 15–March 10, 1974, no. 27 (as "Open No. 19 in Blue").

Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. "Aspects of Postwar Painting in America: In Observation of the Bicentennial Year 1976," January 17–February 29, 1976, unnumbered cat. (as "Open No. 19 in Blue").

E. A. Carmean, Jr. The Great Decade of American Abstraction: Modernist Art 1960 to 1970. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Houston, 1974, pp. 34, 42, no. 27, ill. p. 55.

Henry Geldzahler in "Twentieth Century Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965–1975. New York, 1975, p. 211, ill., calls it "Open No. 19 in blue".

Eugene Victor Thaw. "The Abstract Expressionists." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 44 (Winter 1986–87), p. 49, calls it "Number 19".

Jack Flam, Katy Rogers, and Tim Clifford. Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941–1991. Vol. 2, Paintings on Canvas and Panel. New Haven, 2012, p. 233, no. P416, ill. (color).



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