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Motherwell’s basement studio at 173 East Ninety-fourth Street, New York, winter 1957–58. Left to right: "Spanish Elegy XIV (Palamos)," "Collage with Ochre and Black," and on the easel "Diary of a Painter," in progress
December 1957

Shortly after Betty moves out, Motherwell is invited to dinner at the home of B.H. and Abby Friedman where he meets the painter Helen Frankenthaler. They soon begin dating.