Chronology

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Motherwell with "Elegy to the Spanish Republic XXXIV," 1953-54, at the Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, May 1957.
June-December 1957

Motherwell returns to Provincetown for the summer. After several weeks he informs Betty that he is having an affair, and moves out. At the end of the summer Betty asks for a divorce, but Motherwell convinces her to try to reconcile. By early December the marriage is over; Betty moves out.