Paintings & Collages

Robert Motherwell
Paintings and Collages

A Catalogue Raisonné 1941 – 1991


In 2012 Yale University Press published Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné 1941 – 1991. This monumental, three-volume catalogue raisonné documents 1,209 paintings on canvas and panel, 722 paintings on paper, and 889 collages, providing extensive information about each work. Exquisitely designed and produced, this catalogue will be the definitive reference on Robert Motherwell’s paintings and collages for years to come.


In the first volume, the authors present an overview of Motherwell’s career, and discuss key topics including the tension between figuration and abstraction in his work, his role as a spokesperson for modernism, and the critical reception of his work. This volume also contains a richly detailed, illustrated chronology of his life. The second volume contains the catalogue raisonné entries for Motherwell’s paintings on canvas and panel. The third volume contains the entries for his collages and paintings on paper. The catalogue raisonné is available through Yale University Press.


The catalogue raisonné of Robert Motherwell’s Paintings and Collages is now available on the A&AePortal, a powerful research tool for students and scholars that provides an innovative digital environment in which to discover and interact with important art and architectural history scholarship. The A&AePortal features deep tagging on images and text, a robust image search that directs users toward relevant publications, and an interactive online reader tailored for highly illustrated works. Access is currently available only to institutional subscribers.


The Foundation is sponsoring a catalogue raisonné of Robert Motherwell’s drawings as well as a supplement to the 2012 catalogue raisonné of Motherwell’s paintings, collages, and works on paper. If you own a work that you believe to be by Robert Motherwell, please email  and we will contact you shortly.


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