ROBERT MOTHERWELL, "SAMURAI (OCTAVIO PAZ SUITE)", 1988
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, made up the quartet of abstract painters that radically defined Modern painting in America and established New York City as the new center of the art world.
Motherwell was the unofficial spokesman of the New York School, writing, 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 was always searching for new techniques to express or expand his ideas and aesthetic.
Motherwell's works are instantly recognizable by their repeated motifs: giant black forms, sometimes aggressive, sometimes spontaneous, that seem to confidently devour their pictorial plain.
The Octavio Paz Suite portfolio is a late but important part of Motherwell's printmaking oeuvre. Released in 1988 it was accompanied by writings from Mexican author and poet Octavio Paz. "Red Samurai" is arguably the most iconic image from the series, featuring a rich red background with gestural black forms.
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Lithograph and linoleum cut in colors with chine appliqué on Arches wove paper
Signed and numbered "Trial" in pencil by the artist
Artist's copyright stamp and dated on verso
From an edition of 50
25"H 21.25"W (sheet)
13.75"H 10.5"W (image)
28"H 24"W (frame)
Framed with museum glass
Detailed condition report by request
Very good condition
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