If Robert Motherwell’s father had had his way, his son would never have pursued a profession as financially unreliable as painting. But sometimes nothing—not even a father’s will—can deter a child from what he wants to do. Motherwell, whose circle of artistic brethren grew to include Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko, would spend some fifty years as an abstract expressionist painter, collagist, and printmaker. Through November 28 the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents “Robert Motherwell From the Collection: 1941–1990,” a retrospective featuring fifty works, including The Iron Crown, 1973 (left) and Elegy to the Spanish Republic, 1960. STACY HOLLISTER.

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