ROBERT MOTHERWELL "PALO ALTO" LITHOGRAPH, 1978
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, made up the quartet of American abstract painters that radically defined abstraction and established New York City as the center of the art world for the second half of the 20th century.
Motherwell was also the unofficial spokesman of the New York School, writing, teaching, and lecturing on behalf of the movement, his fellow artists, and the merits of abstraction.
His work appears in museum collections around the world and is instantly recognizable for its boldness and black forms. Yet in addition to his impressive paintings, Motherwell is also revered as a printmaker. He is one of the most innovative and prolific printmakers of the 20th century. He was always searching for new techniques, whether at his own printmaking atelier, or collaborating with others, to expand his ideas and express his aesthetic.
"Palo Alto" is a paradigm of Motherwell's practice, featuring bold, black shapes against a powerful field of saturated red. The simplicity of these gestural forms recalls Japanese calligraphy or ancient numbers. In this work, like many of this era, Motherwell seems to balance the spirit of abstract expressionism with minimalism.
Not surprisingly, Motherwell's red prints are the most collected and sought-after works in his oeuvre.
Lithograph on Arches 88 paper
Signed and numbered in pencil by the artist, lower right
From an edition of 40
29.5"H 18.75"W (image)
35.5"H 24"W (sheet)
39.5"H 27"W (framed)
Publisher: Gemini G.E.L. Los Angeles
Mild toning in the margins. Overall very good condition
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