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"Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 1", 1948. Ink on paper, 10¾ x 8½ in. (27.3 x 21.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Gift of the artist
[Summer 1948]

Clyfford Still, who has recently moved to New York from San Francisco, visits Motherwell accompanied by Mark Rothko. They discuss Still's idea to open a school run by artists, for artists. At Motherwell's recommendation they invite Baziotes and David Hare to join them in teaching one day per week at the school. While plans develop for the fall, Still gets frustrated by the difficulties of the collaborative project and returns to San Francisco in late August. Motherwell, Rothko, and the others proceed without him. Leo and Ileana Castelli purchase the house across from Motherwell's in East Hampton. Castelli and Motherwell share many friends among the community of European artists and Castelli later credits Motherwell with introducing him to the American art scene.