Chronology

Robert Motherwell, 1930.
1925-1932

At age ten, Motherwell briefly attends classes at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. At the age of twelve, Motherwell develops severe asthma and in October 1929 is sent to Moran Preparatory School in Astascadero, California, where his health improves thanks to the arid climate.

At Moran, Motherwell's interest in art begins to develop. He spends his free time drawing and copying old master works from books, including Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling, Rubens's Marie de Medici series, and portraits by Rembrandt. He discovers a reproduction of a late landscape by Paul CŽézanne in the school's library and makes half a dozen copies in watercolor, crayon and chalk. In the summer of 1930 he enrolls in classes at the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco. In the spring of 1931, he sees the exhibition The Blue Four: Feininger, Jawlensky, Kandinsky, and Klee at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco. He graduates as valedictorian in May 1932.

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