ROBERT MOTHERWELL, "UNTITLED (OCTAVIO PAZ SUITE)", 1987
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 is one of the most remarkable and courageous printmakers of the 20th century. He was always searching for new techniques to express his ideas and aesthetic.
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 their repeated motifs: giant black forms, sometimes aggressive, sometimes spontaneous, that seem to confidently devour their pictorial plain. This print is a paradigm of Motherwell's oeuvre.
Next to Motherwell's work is Vasa Mihich, Violet Skyscraper, 2017.
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"Untitled (Octavio Paz Suite)"
Chine appliqué and Lithograph on light grayish tan paper
Signed and numbered “b.a.t.” by the artist
13.5"H 10.5"W (work)
28"H 24"W (frame)
Printed at Trestle Editions, Ltd., New York
Very good condition
(*b.a.t" is an abbreviation of the printmaking term "bonne à tirer" which translates as "Good to pull" or to proceed with the production of the edition. This supersedes an "Artist Proof")
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