Robert Motherwell


Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, made up the quartet of American abstract painters that radically defined Modern painting 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.

This print, along with "Rites of Passage II", was created at Tyler Graphics in 1979. 

Regardless of medium, Motherwell's aesthetic is known for its repeated motifs: giant black forms, sometimes aggressive, sometimes spontaneous, that seem to confidently devour their pictorial plain. While black is Motherwell's go-to color, the dripping and comprehensive color in El General seems to hover above accents of pale yellow. This print is a paradigm of Motherwell's oeuvre and his mastery of the nuances involved in the color black.

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"El General" 

USA, 1980

Lithograph in black and cream on handmade Kisuki Hanga Dosa paper

Signed and numbered by the artist

From an edition of 49 

40.5"H 27.25"W (work)

44"H 30.75"W (framed)

Framed with plexiglass

Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd., New York 

Very good condition

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