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Robert and Maria Motherwell at LaGuardia Airport, May 1943. Joseph Cornell papers, 1804–1986, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Summer 1943

Motherwell travels to Mexico for a planned six month stay with Maria in Taxco. But in mid-August he receives word that his father is gravely ill with cancer and immediately returns to San Francisco, where his father dies on August 29.