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.

Created in 1980, "Paris Suite (Autumn)" is one of four works from Motherwell's Paris Series, each named after one of the four seasons. 

This work, like many from this era, balances the spirit of abstract expressionism with minimalism. A block or stripe of powder blue becomes a window on a burnt sienna background, disrupted by one of Motherwell's signature black gestural forms that bursts across the panels.

Motherwell's finest prints are realized on heavily textured handmade papers with a lot of character. This work was realized on J.B. Green handmade paper and exhibits exceptional character with naturally deckled edges. 

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"Paris Suite III (Autumn)"

USA, 1980

Lithograph on J.B. Green handmade paper

Initialed and numbered AP xx by the artist

From an edition of 60

9.25"H 13.25"W (image)

19.75"H 22.5"W (sheet)

22"H 25.25"W (framed)

Very good condition.

Framed with museum glass

Published by Brooke Alexander, Inc.

Literature: "Robert Motherwell: The Complete Prints 1940-1991 Catalogue Raisonne" pg. 241.

Provenance: Kasmin (NYC) / The Dedalus Foundation

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