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"Oregon Landscape," 1940, Watercolor and ink on paper, 9 x 9 in. (22.9 x 22.9 cm)
Summer 1939-August 1940

Motherwell returns to Cohasset Beach in Washington to spend time with his family. A family friend, the painter Lance Hart (1892-1941) helps him secure a one-year appointment to the art department faculty at the University of Oregon, Eugene. Motherwell teaches three courses at the University of Oregon: aesthetics, contemporary architecture, and the history of modern art. He continues to paint regularly, from postcards and photographs, as well as from his imagination. He exhibits a half-dozen works in juried exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Portland Art Museum during the spring and summer. Under pressure from his father to make plans for his future, Motherwell recalls the advice of Arthur Berger, a young composer he met in Paris, that he look into studying with Meyer Schapiro at Columbia University.