We use cookies to analyze traffic and enhance your site experience.

Privacy Policy |
Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now


SD1 71037 Web

In Bed (for Henri Michaux)


SD1 71037 Web

Gouache, ink, and graphite on paper
14 1/8 ✕ 11 1/4 in. (35.9 ✕ 28.6 cm)


Recto, lower right: For Jane Kootz \ December, 1952
Recto, lower left: R.M.

Present Owner

Dedalus Foundation


Jane Kootz, 1952; [Capsule, New York, December 2, 2021, lot 55]; Dedalus Foundation, 2021


The text written on this drawing is an English translation of the Henri Michaux poem “Au lit” (In Bed). Motherwell made several variations on this theme in 1952, most of which depict stylized imagery of beds, human skulls, and horses surrounding the central text. For more on this series, see the Comments for D214.


Read more