Robert Motherwell



Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) is one of the essential American abstract painters that radically defined post-war abstraction in New York City.

Today, his work appears in museum collections around the world and is instantly recognizable for its boldness and black forms. His auction record was set in 2018 at $12.6 million USD.

In addition to his impressive paintings, Motherwell is also revered as 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.

"America-La France Variations III" was created at Tyler Graphics in 1984 along with the rest of this iconic series.

In this dynamic print, Motherwell revels in the importance and beauty of collage in his approach to printmaking. Substituting heavy brush strokes for layers of ripped paper contrasted with more lines of color that appear to be created with a thick oil crayon, Motherwell creates an enigmatic and uplifting image through fragmentation and juxtaposition. 

Many art fans think of Motherwell and his heavy calligraphic/spilled ink forms of black. During the 1970's and especially the 80's, Motherwell embraced a lighter palette. The "America-France Variations" are emblematic of his light touch and interest in brighter hues, such as marigold yellow, pale sand and sky blue - well represented here. This particular print from the series has the lightest background and the most use of the hand-made sky blue torn paper. 

Like the best of Motherwell's prints this work was created with heavily textured handmade papers. The sky blue paper elements are similarly hand-made at Tyler Graphics Ltd. and collaged onto the sheet with naturally deckled edges. 

Caviar20 is excited to be offering this uplifting and bold Robert Motherwell from the America-La France Variations series. 

"America-La France Variations III" was subsequently printed and published by Tyler Graphics Ltd. as a poster for the 1987 exhibition Robert Motherwell: The Collaged Image at Hurlbutt Gallery of the Greenwich Library, Connecticut.

Questions about this artwork? Contact us or call +1.416.704.1720

"America-La France Variations III"

USA, 1984

Lithograph and collage

Signed by the artist, lower left

From an edition of 70

45.75"H 29"W (work)

Very good condition.

Published by Tyler Graphics Ltd.

Literature: "Robert Motherwell: The Complete Prints 1940-1991 Catalogue Raisonne" pg. 267.

Note: this work is sold unframed. Available example is a different number from the edition. 

Provenance: Kasmin (NYC) / The Dedalus Foundation

- Where does the inventory ship from?
Our inventory is divided between New York and Toronto. 

- Where do you ship to?
We can ship anywhere. Typically when we ship within North America we prefer to use FedEx or DHL. To Europe, Asia and beyond we generally use DHL. 

- How much does it cost to ship?
For shipments within North America, we typically charge a flat rate fee. Many items on our site will list the rate. For shipping outside of North America, we can easily provide a quote and will look for the most efficient and economical option.

Most of the items on our site can be easily shipped internationally.

Occasionally we will recommend that an artwork be removed from its frame for shipping. Larger framed works are typically framed with plexiglass. We export over 80% of what we sell, so we are comfortable shipping anywhere. 

- Are there additional taxes or fees?
When a work is valued above $2,500 usd there is a possibility of tax of 0.35%, but this is applied sporadically. There can similarly be an additional fee for customs brokerage and this can range from $20 - $65. US Taxes, duties and customs brokerage are not included in our flat rate shipping. However most of our shipments to the US enter without any additional fees. 

- Do you provide a certificate of authenticity?
Yes, we guarantee everything we sell. We can provide both a digital and printed version of our certificate of authenticity. 

What is your return policy?
- Caviar20 wants you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase. We have a 7 day no-questions full refund return policy for your purchase. Shipping charges are non-refundable. Return shipping is the responsibility of the customer. After 8 days returns are given a credit note. There is no expiration for our credit notes.

- What payment methods do you accept?

If purchasing directly online, Caviar20 accepts all major credit cards as well as Paypal. If invoiced, Caviar20 accepts all major credit cards on regularly priced merchandise. 

Discounted material must be paid by wire transfer, or with Paypal (if funds are sent as 'friends and family'). There is a 3.5% administration fee for credit cards on discounted material. 

Caviar20 does not accept personal checks or Zelle. 

Canadian clients are welcomed and encouraged to pay with interac.
Please contact us directly at if interested in paying with a cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Ethereum).


You may also like