Robert Motherwell was born in Aberdeen, Washington in 1915. He graduated from Stanford University in 1937. He also studied philosophy at Harvard and continued his education at Columbia University. It was during his time at Columbia that he was encouraged to paint. After traveling to Mexico in 1941 and meeting Surrealist painter Matta, he decided to devote himself to becoming a full time artist.
By 1944, his work was exhibited in a solo exhibition at the Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century gallery. Robert Motherwell became a champion of avant-garde art in America. In the 1950s, his work was being shown in museums and galleries throughout American and Europe.
He had a long and accomplished career. Robert Burns Motherwell received numerous awards and honors. Today, his works are included in museum collections throughout the world.