ROBERT MOTHERWELL "PAUILLAC #2", 1973
While Motherwell is known as one of the most important and influential artists associated with Abstract Expressionism, he is also revered for his work and promotion of printmaking.
The inclusion of European cigarette graphics and labels from fine wines is one of the most distinctive aesthetic characteristics in his work. It also continues a tradition, established by Picasso and Braque during the heyday of Cubism, of incorporating the detritus of daily life and its simple pleasures.
This work, the second from the "Summer Light Series" is arguably one of the best and most graphic, with its black band across the lower half of the composition in contrast to the Chateau Latour label that acts as the "heart" of the work.
"Pauillac" and its siblings were some of the most elaborate prints that Motherwell created during his career. The work was realized using lithography, the pochoir technique, collage and hand-ripping the different types of paper used.
This work is in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, as well as several other museum collections.
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"Summer Light Series: Pauillac, #2"
Lithograph, screenprint and collage.
Signed and numbered "AP" by the artist.
(There were 12 Artist Proofs)
Printed at Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
35.5"H 18"W (work)
Wear to plexi and frame.
Very good condition.
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