Open No. 12 in Raw Sienna with Gray
Medium: Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
Dimensions: 85 x 200 in. (215.9 x 508 cm)
Credit Line: F. V. du Pont Acquisition Fund and Partial Gift of the Dedalus Foundation, 1998
About: In 1967, Robert Motherwell began his Open series of paintings and prints. The series was initiated when the artist noticed the arrangement of forms created by a small rectangular painting leaning against a larger one. Motherwell played with innumerable variations of this simple composition over several years. For the artist, the rectangles referenced windows and doors, suggesting both unbounded space and enclosure.
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