ROBERT MOTHERWELL, "THE PARIS REVIEW" LITHO, 1991
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 post-war art world.
He was 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.
While it is almost impossible to decipher any trace of figuration in Motherwell's oeuvre, he was inspired by and referenced literature, politics, and art history.
Motherwell's aesthetic is instantly recognizable in both paintings and prints for its repeated motifs: giant black forms, sometimes aggressive, sometimes spontaneous, that seem to confidently devour their pictorial plain.
This late lithograph is a paradigm of Motherwell's oeuvre with its distinctive gestural abstraction creating indiscernible forms that move across the page and create a visceral energy.
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"The Paris Review"
Lithograph on Arches paper; Japanese Kozo paper
Signed and numbered by the artist, bottom right
From an edition of 100
20"H 22.75"W (work)
24.5"H 27"W (framed)
Very good condition
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