Robert Motherwell, born today in 1915, began his career as an academic and art historian.

He described his working process as follows: “I begin painting with a series of mistakes. The painting comes out of the correction of mistakes by feeling. I begin with shapes and colors, which are not related internally nor to the external world; I work without images.” 

[Robert Motherwell. Western Air. 1946-47]


Auguste Rodin Filmed Sculpting in his Studio


[1] The artist walking up and down the steps of a monumental columned building, and inspecting the structure

[2] Rodin posing top-hatted in a garden 

[3] The sculptor coming out of the then derelict C18 Hôtel Biron, which the artist used as his studio

[4] Rodin sculpting in his studio


Vítězslava Kaprálová (1915-1940, Czech Republic)

String Quartet Op.8 - II. Lento

                                    Jacáček Quartet

Happy birthday, Vítězslava Kaprálová!

Welcome to the brotherhood - Recruits of India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, and Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, salute the national colors during an emblem ceremony Jan. 14, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. During the ceremony, each recruit received an Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem and the title Marine. Both companies are scheduled to graduate Jan. 23, 2015. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Sgt. Caitlin Brink) by MCRD Parris Island, SC http://flic.kr/p/qUrfE8

“All my works [consist] of a dialectic between the conscious (straight lines, designed shapes, weighed color, abstract language) and the unconscious (soft lines, obscured shapes, automatism) resolved into a synthesis.”

On Robert Motherwell’s 100th birthday (b. Jan 24, 1915), check out this Motherwell print that passed through Matthews Gallery and read a blog about it from our archives.