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Robert Motherwell (American, 1915-1991): Original Prints—Larger Work

For introduction and bibliography, click here.
Motherwell / Motherwell 2: Madrid Suite / Motherwell 3 / Motherwell 4: Beau Geste / Motherwell 5

Josef Albers / Richard Anuszkiewicz / Charles Arnoldi / Leonard Baskin / Jack Beal / Ed Baynard / Norman Bluhm
Richard Bosman /James Brown / Alexander Calder / Warrington Colescott / Christo / George Cramer / Allan D'Arcangelo
Willem de Kooning / Richard Diebenkorn /Jim Dine / Sam Francis / Sam Gilliam / Adolph Gottlieb / Philip Guston
John Himmelfarb / / Robert Indiana / Paul Jenkins / Jasper Johns / Lester Johnson / Alex Katz / R. B. Kitaj
Ellsworth Kelly/ Nicholas Krushenick / Jacob Lawrence / Roy Lichtenstein / Richard Lindner / Manel Llèdos
Robert Motherwell / Reuben Nakian / Barnet Newman / Claes Oldenberg / Jules Olitski / Philip Pearlstein / Mel Ramos
Robert Rauschenberg / Don Reitz / Larry Rivers / James Rosenquist / George Segal / Alan Shields / Steven Sorman
Robert Stackhouse / Frank Stella / Carol Summers / Wayne Taylor / William (Bill) Weege / John Wesley / Tom Wesselman
Jack Youngerman / Adja Yunkers

Heroic Poetry: Jonna Rae Brinkman / Elaine de Kooning / Willem de Kooning / Helen Frankenthaler / Joan Miró
Joan Mitchell / Louise Nevelson / Joan Snyder / Antoni Tàpies
Africa Suite VII (Belknap 46, Engberg & Banach 75). Original silkscreen printed in black and cream and collaged to a larger support sheet, 1966. 150 signed & numbered impressions, plus artist's proofs (of which ours is one). Printed at Kelpra Studio, London and published by Marlborough Graphics. Printed on J. B. Green paper. It is also signed in the screen top left. Except for a small unobtrusive paper flaw in the upper left quadrant not visible in this photograph, this is a very good impression of this large print in very good condition. Image size: 810x603mm. Price: SOLD.
The Basque Suite: Untitled (Belknap 51, Engberg & Banach 80). Original color screenprint, 1971. 150 signed & numbered impressions plus 4 artists proofs (ours is 115/150) on J. B. Green paper. Published by Marlbouough Graphics NYC, printed by Chris Prater at Kelpra Studio, London. The Basques resisted Franco to the bitter end memorialized in Picasso's Guernica. Motherwell's interest and admiration for the Spanish Republic, overthrown by a military revolt led by Generalissimo Francisco Franco (aided by Hitler and Mussolini), was a constant throughout his life and he created a large and continuing series of Elegies for the Spanish Republic (click here for an example). A very good impression of this very large print. Image size: 1041x717mm. Price: $6500.

(Despite appearances, the paper is a uniform white and the print is in excellent condition.)
Chair (Engberg & Banach 108, Belknap 79) Original color lithograph, 1972, printed from three stones and one aluminum plate. 300 signed & numbered impressions as a subscription offering for the artists and citizens of Dusseldorf by the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen (ours is 106/300) on Rives BFK paper. The polygon at the top is actually a bit more orange (see the photo below and a bit more intense than our illustration, but it may be that there is a certain amount of variation in the edition: the photo to the left is closer to that in Engberg & Banach's illustration; the photo below is closer to Belknap's. In either case, the backgound of this one is a bit too strong; the one below better captures the pale yellow background. Finally, we note the following reproductive failures on our part: the wide horizontal areas (the chair frame itself) and the central medallion are olive and the circle in the central medallion in both prints are gray; the thinner lines that show as purple should be olive and the other lines should be gray (this is also the case in Engberg & Banach and Belknap). There were also 25 artist's proofs numbered I-XXV and 5 impressions on Mylar. Printed at Erker-Presse, St. Gallen, with their blindstamp lower left. A very good impression of this very large print. Image size: 876x635mm. Price: $6600.
Chair (Engberg & Banach 108, Belknap 79) Original color lithograph, 1972, printed from three stones and one aluminum plate. 300 signed & numbered impressions as a subscription offering for the artists and citizens of Dusseldorf by the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen (ours is 221/300) on Rives BFK paper. There were also 25 artist's proofs numbered I-XXV and 5 impressions on Mylar. Printed at Erker-Presse, St. Gallen, with their blindstamp lower left. A very good impression of this very large print. Image size: 876x635mm. Price: $6600.
Mediterranean: State I: White (Engberg & Banach 178, Belknap 147). Original color screenprint, 1975. 26 signed and numbered impressions on whiteArches Cover mould-made paper plus eight signed and artist's proofs numbered in Roman numerals, of which ours is 16/26. Published by Tyler Graphics. A very good impression of this very large print. Image size: 876x635mm; paper size: 1182x800mm (or 46-1/2x31-1/2 inches). Price: $9800.

The work is printed on white paper, and despite the photograph (which was made through plexiglas in its frame, without flash in a darkened room, and without any direct lighting), it is all in one pure white.
Mediterranean: State II: Yellow (Engberg & Banach 179, Belknap 148). Original color screenprint, 1975. 26 signed and numbered impressions on whiteArches Cover mould-made paper plus eight signed and artist's proofs numbered in Roman numerals, of which ours is II/VIII. Published by Tyler Graphics and with their label on the back of the frame, this impressions was exhibited in at least one museum show (in Spain, with their label on the rear as well). A very good impression of this very large print. Image size: 876x635mm; paper size: 1182x800mm (or 46-1/2x31-1/2 inches). Price: $9800.

The work is printed on white paper, and despite the photograph (which was made through plexiglas in its frame, without flash in a darkened room, and without any direct lighting), it is all in one pure white.
Untitled (Belknap 165, Engberg & Banach 200). Original lithograph, 1976. 70 signed & numbered impressions, of which 50 were reserved for the Parisian art magizine, "Art Présent" plus 9 a.p.'s. Our impression is the bon-à-tirer proof, the model for the edition, and is annotated "ok RM / 10 Dec 76" lower right. A lovely example of the linear Motherwell: this is Motherwell at his most Matisse like. Image size: 477x641mm. Price: $5600.
The Dalton Print (Belknap 208, Engberg & Banach 239). Original lithograph, 1979. 150 signed & numbered impressions plus 20 artists proofs (ours is 86/150). Printed at Tyler Graphics, with their chop mark lower right. A very good impression of this large and very painterly print done as a fund-raiser for Motherwell's daughter's school (as a child Helen Frankenthaler also went to the Dalton School). Printed on tan Rives BFK mould-made paper. Image size: 660x508mm. Price: $5000.
Untitled (Engberg & Banach 282, Belknap 249). Original color lithograph, 1981. Edition: 150 signed & numbered impressions (of which ours is 57/150) plus 25 artist's proofs numbered I-XXV on white Arches cover mould-made paper printed by Tyler Graphics and published by the Lakeside Group for the 1981 Chicago International Art Exposition. This work was reproduced in a commercial edition of 2000 on Dove paper as a poster on larger paper with printed text for the 1981 Chicago International Art Exposition. A very good impression of this large print. Image size: 864x635mm. Price: SOLD.
Vivo: Sepia (Belknap 334, Engberg & Banach 365). Original color lithograph, 1986. 13 signed and numbered impressions plus 3 signed artist's proofs numbered in roman numerals. Our impression is n. 5/13. Published by Motherwell and distributed by Tyler Graphics. Printed on white Yoshibi handmade paper. The print is a kind of homage to Antoni Tapies. A very rare and very large lithograph printed by Motherwell at his own studio. Image size: 889x1105mm (35x43-1/2 inches). Price: $9800.

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