Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 1, 1948 Medium: Ink on paper Object number: 639.1987 The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, NYC)
Description from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: “
Beginning in about 1948, Robert Motherwell made works that would evolve
into an ongoing series of over one hundred painted variations on a theme
that he called Elegies to the Spanish Republic. Initially inspired by
the Spanish Civil War as well as by the poetry of Harold Rosenberg and
Federico García Lorca, the real subject of Motherwell’s Elegies is not
any particular literary source or political event but rather a general
meditation on life and death. Although specific paintings may express
an individual spirit, or “tone voice,” they remain a family group,
related to one another by subject and by similarities in composition and
format. In all of these paintings, the horizontal white canvas is
rhythmically divided by two or three freely drawn vertical bars and
punctuated at various intervals by ovoid forms, creating a structure
seemingly heraldic in nature. The paintings are almost always composed
entirely of black and white—the colors of mourning and radiance, of
death and life. Motherwell has remarked on the entanglement of these
forces in these works, as a metaphor for his understanding of the
experience of living.
Motherwell’s Elegies of the 1960s
reflect his Abstract Expressionist affiliations in the gestural,
painterly treatment of form, the rapid execution, and the integration of
accidental effects, such as spattered paint.”
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, NYC)
Poetry in painting:
I knew who had sent them in those
Green cases Who doesn’t lose his mind will receive Like me That wire in my neck up to the ear.
When I saw the first pic with Bill and Jackson together, I quickly thought of a moment during filming where they’re doing the opening sewer scene and they made a lot of takes and when they finally got it, Bill quickly crawls out of the sewer to ask Jackson if he’s ok and telling him he did great and all just for Bill notice him yawning, so he picks him up and heads to his trailer to lay him down for a nap.
I usually refrain from posting fan-made posters, but this was just too awesome! Job well done, ‘themadbutcher’, this could pass as the official poster! Clearly inspired by the classic “Infinity Gauntlet” comicbook, and rightfully so!
I’m going to have this as a sparkly/matte button set at Fan Expo Toronto from Aug 31-Sept 3! Come visit me and @snotprince in the artist alley at table A37! This game has stolen my heart istg… Who’s your dream daddy?