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Drawing C, 1958

Drawing C


Drawing C, 1958

Shellac and ink on paper
22 ½ x 28 in. (57.2 x 71.1 cm)


Recto, lower right: RM \ 58


University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson. Gift of Edward J. Gallagher Jr.


Edward J. Gallagher Jr., 1960; University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, 1961


Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, March 1959, cat. no. 25.


Arkansas Arts Center, 1962 (traveling).

Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 1963.


This work was painted in Saint-Jean-de-Luz during the summer of 1958. Around March 1960 the Baltimore Museum Sales and Rental Gallery sold it to Edward Gallagher Jr., who donated it in 1961 to the Tucson Art Center (now the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson). At the time the museum acquired the work, it was listed as a watercolor.
In 1981, the museum requested any information Motherwell could provide about the work. Motherwell’s assistant wrote to the museum’s registrar Daphne Deeds on November 9, 1981 that Motherwell had studied a black-and-white photograph of the work and that “the drawing was done in ink, not watercolor” (Dedalus Foundation Archives). Motherwell would not have been aware of the presence of the orange shellac when he viewed this black-and-white photograph. Shellac is found in a number of Motherwell’s paintings all dating from the summer of 1958 (see W71, W72, W77–W83).


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