ROBERT MOTHERWELL: Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 160

Motherwell was a founding member of the American school of Abstract Expressionism and a crucial link between the French Surrealists and the young New York artists who emerged as the Abstract Expressionists. Robert Motherwell was one of the first painters to exhibit works in the new American style.

Motherwell was profoundly affected by the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. Elegy to the Spanish Republic, a composition that Motherwell constantly reworked and produced as a series from the 1940s onward, displays the dripped and splattered manner of painting that was a hallmark of the Abstract Expressionist style.