Robert Motherwell


Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, made up a quartet of abstract painters that radically defined Modern painting in America, establishing New York City as the new center of the art world.

Motherwell was the unofficial representative of the New York School, writing and editing a journal, and lecturing on behalf of the movement, his fellow artists, and the merits of abstraction. 

Motherwell's contribution to the art historical canon is undisputed. This recognition is especially imbued as a result of the achievements Motherwell pursued as a printmaker. Motherwell is one of the most experimental and courageous printmakers of the 20th century. He constantly searched for new techniques to express and expand his ideas and aesthetic.

This work, a paradigm of Motherwell's¬†signature style, was published in 1970 by the Academic and Professional Action Committee for a Responsible Congress. It was included¬†in the ‚ÄúPeace Portfolio I‚Ä̬†a fundraiser for ‚Äúthe politics of peace‚ÄĚ.

Many of the most high-profile American artists of the 1960s lent their voices and artwork to opposing the Vietnam War. Some of the other artists included in this legendary portfolio include Adolph Gottlieb, Lee Krasner, Robert Rauschenberg, among others.  

This work features a strong swathe of Motherwell's signature bold black form, which stands alone against a stark white background. Like many of this era, "Peace Portfolio" balances the spirit of abstract expressionism with minimalism.

In the spirit of the portfolio, Caviar20 will donate $250 from each sale to Doctors without Borders, who are providing essential aid in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

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"Peace Portfolio"

USA, 1970 

Lithograph on Rives BFK

Signed and numbered by the artist

From an edition of 175

26"H 21"W (sheet)

Very good condition

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