Artist: Robert Motherwell
Artwork: Black Still Life
Size: 103.5 x 124.1 cm
Medium: Oil on paper mounted on masonite
Creation year: 1950
Marks: Signed with the artist's initials and dated 'RM 50' (upper right); signed again, titled with alternate title and dated again 'Robert Motherwell 1950 Black Interior' (on the reverse)
Provenance: Paul Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles; Gifford and Joann Phillips, New York, 1953; By descent from the previous to the present owner
Exhibition history: New York, Samuel M. Kootz Gallery, Motherwell: First Exhibition of Paintings in Three Years, November-December 1950, no. 12; New York, Samuel M. Kootz Gallery, Resume of the 1950-51 Season, June 1951, no. 16; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1951 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, November 1951-January 1952, no. 102; Urbana, Illinois, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, March-April 1952, pl. 112 (illustrated); Cincinnati Art Museum, Purchase Exhibition: Modern Painting and Drawing, April-May 1952, no. 24; Pomona, California, Art Building Fair Grounds, Painting in the U.S.A., 1721-1953, September-October 1953, p. 54, no. 104 (illustrated); Pasadena Art Museum, Robert Motherwell: A Retrospective Exhibition, February-March 1962, no. 15; Los Angeles, UCLA Art Galleries, The Gifford and Joann Phillips Collection, November-December 1962, p. 4, no. 68 (illustrated); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Robert Motherwell: Works on Paper, February-March 1967; Los Angeles, Otis Art Institute, Robert Motherwell in California Collections, November 1974-January 1975, no. 9 (illustrated).