Robert Motherwell

American, 1915–1991

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Alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell is considered one of the great American Abstract Expressionist painters. His esteemed intellect not only undergirded his gorgeous, expressive paintings—frequently …

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Untitled, 1973
Sold on Jun 1, 2021
€4,608
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color aquatint etching on vellum (Arches) paper
49.5 x 59.5 cm
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€4,608
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Jun 1, 2021
Dorotheum
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signed in 1973 lower right: Motherwell, color aquatint etching on vellum (Arches) with artist's dry stamp lower right: RM Robert Motherwell, label on the reverse: Art Lending Service / The Museum of Modern Art, No. 8 of 50 numbered prints, plate size approx. 59 , 5 x 49.5 cm, sheet size approx. 105 x 74.5 cm, framed, creases, sheet edge browned and not very stained (Belknap 107, Engberg / Banach 136) Ruf 1500
Untitled, 1973
color aquatint etching on vellum (Arches) paper
Jun 1, 2021
Dorotheum
€4,608
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49.5 x 59.5 cm
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Jun 1, 2021
Dorotheum
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€4,608
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signed in 1973 lower right: Motherwell, color aquatint etching on vellum (Arches) with artist's dry stamp lower right: RM Robert Motherwell, label on the reverse: Art Lending Service / The Museum of Modern Art, No. 8 of 50 numbered prints, plate size approx. 59 , 5 x 49.5 cm, sheet size approx. 105 x 74.5 cm, framed, creases, sheet edge browned and not very stained (Belknap 107, Engberg / Banach 136) Ruf 1500
America - La France Variations VIII (Engberg & Banach 336), 1984
Sold on May 26, 2021
$7,650
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Lithograph and collage on Arches Cover mould-made paper; Black German Etching paper
39.3 x 111.1 cm
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$7,650
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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1984 Lithograph and collage on Arches Cover mould-made paper; black German Etching paper, signed in pencil and numbered AP XVI/XX (an artist's proof, aside from the edition of 69), published/printed by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York, with full margins, framed. 43 3/4 x 15 1/2in (111.1 x 39.3cm) sheet 50 x 21 1/2in (127 x 54.6cm)
America - La France Variations VIII (Engberg & Banach 336), 1984
Lithograph and collage on Arches Cover mould-made paper; Black German Etching paper
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
$7,650
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39.3 x 111.1 cm
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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$7,650
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1984 Lithograph and collage on Arches Cover mould-made paper; black German Etching paper, signed in pencil and numbered AP XVI/XX (an artist's proof, aside from the edition of 69), published/printed by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York, with full margins, framed. 43 3/4 x 15 1/2in (111.1 x 39.3cm) sheet 50 x 21 1/2in (127 x 54.6cm)
Roth-Händle (Engberg & Banach 168), 1975
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$5,100
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Aquatint and collage on Auvergne à la Main Richard de Bas handmade paper; cigarette label is offset lithograph in colors on thin wove paper
27.9 x 41.2 cm
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$5,100
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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1975 Aquatint and collage on Auvergne à la Main Richard de Bas handmade paper; cigarette label is offset lithograph in colors on thin wove paper, signed in pencil and numbered 14/53 (there were also an unrecorded number of artist's proofs), published by Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York, printed by Catherine Mosley, Greenwich, Connecticut, and Harbor Press, New York, with full margins, framed. 16 1/4 x 11in (41.2 x 27.9cm) sheet 19 1/2 x 15 5/8in (49.5 x 39.6cm)
Roth-Händle (Engberg & Banach 168), 1975
Aquatint and collage on Auvergne à la Main Richard de Bas handmade paper; cigarette label is offset lithograph in colors on thin wove paper
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
$5,100
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27.9 x 41.2 cm
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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$5,100
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1975 Aquatint and collage on Auvergne à la Main Richard de Bas handmade paper; cigarette label is offset lithograph in colors on thin wove paper, signed in pencil and numbered 14/53 (there were also an unrecorded number of artist's proofs), published by Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York, printed by Catherine Mosley, Greenwich, Connecticut, and Harbor Press, New York, with full margins, framed. 16 1/4 x 11in (41.2 x 27.9cm) sheet 19 1/2 x 15 5/8in (49.5 x 39.6cm)
Untitled (Black), from London Series I (Engberg & Banach 89), 1971
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Screenprint on J.B. Green mould-made paper
60.9 x 91.4 cm
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$5,100
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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1971 Screenprint on J.B. Green mould-made paper, signed in pencil and numbered 11/150 (there were also 10 artist's proofs), with the blindstamp of the artist, published by Marlborough Graphics, Inc., New York, printed by Christ Prater, Kelpra Studio, London, with full margins. 36 x 24in (91.4 x 60.9cm) sheet 41 x 28 1/4in (104.1 x 71.7cm)
Untitled (Black), from London Series I (Engberg & Banach 89), 1971
Screenprint on J.B. Green mould-made paper
May 26, 2021
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60.9 x 91.4 cm
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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$5,100
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1971 Screenprint on J.B. Green mould-made paper, signed in pencil and numbered 11/150 (there were also 10 artist's proofs), with the blindstamp of the artist, published by Marlborough Graphics, Inc., New York, printed by Christ Prater, Kelpra Studio, London, with full margins. 36 x 24in (91.4 x 60.9cm) sheet 41 x 28 1/4in (104.1 x 71.7cm)
Untitled (Red), from London Series I (Engberg & Banach 90), 1971
Sold on May 26, 2021
$6,120
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Screenprint on J.B. Green mould-made paper
60.9 x 91.4 cm
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$6,120
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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1971 Screenprint on J.B. Green mould-made paper, signed in pencil and numbered 20/150 (there were also 10 artist's proofs), with the blindstamp of the artist, published by Marlborough Graphics, Inc., New York, printed by Christ Prater, Kelpra Studio, London, with full margins. 36 x 24in (91.4 x 60.9cm) sheet 41 x 28 1/4in (104.1 x 71.7cm)
Untitled (Red), from London Series I (Engberg & Banach 90), 1971
Screenprint on J.B. Green mould-made paper
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
$6,120
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60.9 x 91.4 cm
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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$6,120
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1971 Screenprint on J.B. Green mould-made paper, signed in pencil and numbered 20/150 (there were also 10 artist's proofs), with the blindstamp of the artist, published by Marlborough Graphics, Inc., New York, printed by Christ Prater, Kelpra Studio, London, with full margins. 36 x 24in (91.4 x 60.9cm) sheet 41 x 28 1/4in (104.1 x 71.7cm)
Untitled (Green), from London Series I (Engberg & Banach 92), 1971
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$7,650
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Screenprint on J.B. Green mould-made paper
60.9 x 91.4 cm
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$7,650
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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1971 Screenprint on J.B. Green mould-made paper, signed in pencil and numbered 108/150 (there were also 10 artist's proofs), with the blindstamp of the artist, published by Marlborough Graphics, Inc., New York, printed by Christ Prater, Kelpra Studio, London, with full margins. 36 x 24in (91.4 x 60.9cm) sheet 41 x 28 1/4in (104.1 x 71.7cm)
Untitled (Green), from London Series I (Engberg & Banach 92), 1971
Screenprint on J.B. Green mould-made paper
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
$7,650
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60.9 x 91.4 cm
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
Realized Price
$7,650
Description
1971 Screenprint on J.B. Green mould-made paper, signed in pencil and numbered 108/150 (there were also 10 artist's proofs), with the blindstamp of the artist, published by Marlborough Graphics, Inc., New York, printed by Christ Prater, Kelpra Studio, London, with full margins. 36 x 24in (91.4 x 60.9cm) sheet 41 x 28 1/4in (104.1 x 71.7cm)
Beau Geste I; III (2 works) (Engberg & Banach 480; 482.), 1989
Sold on May 26, 2021
$4,845
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2 lithographs on Georges Duchêne Moutarde and Arches Cover paper, respectively
38.1 x 55.8 cm
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$4,845
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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1989 2 lithographs on Georges Duchêne Moutarde and Arches Cover paper, respectively, both initialed in pencil and numbered 93/100 and annotated 'H.C.' (an hors commerce proof, aside from the numbered edition of 100 and 15 artist's proofs), respectively, both with the blindstamp of the artist, published/printed by Editions Daniel Papierski, Paris and Waddington Graphics Ltd., London/Trestle Editions Limited, New York, both the full sheet, both framed. (2 works) each sheet 22 x 15in (55.8 x 38.1cm)
Beau Geste I; III (2 works) (Engberg & Banach 480; 482.), 1989
2 lithographs on Georges Duchêne Moutarde and Arches Cover paper, respectively
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
$4,845
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38.1 x 55.8 cm
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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$4,845
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1989 2 lithographs on Georges Duchêne Moutarde and Arches Cover paper, respectively, both initialed in pencil and numbered 93/100 and annotated 'H.C.' (an hors commerce proof, aside from the numbered edition of 100 and 15 artist's proofs), respectively, both with the blindstamp of the artist, published/printed by Editions Daniel Papierski, Paris and Waddington Graphics Ltd., London/Trestle Editions Limited, New York, both the full sheet, both framed. (2 works) each sheet 22 x 15in (55.8 x 38.1cm)
Untitled, Plate 8, from The Basque Suite (Engberg & Banach 86), 1971
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Screenprint in colors on J. B. Green paper
43.7 x 57.2 cm
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$4,845
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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1971 Screenprint in colors on J. B. Green paper, signed in pencil and numbered 7/150, published by Marlborough Graphics Inc., New York, printed by Kelpra Studio, London, with full margins. 22 1/2 x 17 1/4in (57.2 x 43.7cm) sheet 40 3/4 x 28in (103.5 x 71.2cm)
Untitled, Plate 8, from The Basque Suite (Engberg & Banach 86), 1971
Screenprint in colors on J. B. Green paper
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
$4,845
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43.7 x 57.2 cm
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
Realized Price
$4,845
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1971 Screenprint in colors on J. B. Green paper, signed in pencil and numbered 7/150, published by Marlborough Graphics Inc., New York, printed by Kelpra Studio, London, with full margins. 22 1/2 x 17 1/4in (57.2 x 43.7cm) sheet 40 3/4 x 28in (103.5 x 71.2cm)
Untitled, 1975
Sold on May 20, 2021
$5,250
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etching and aquatint in colors, on Rives BFK paper
30.2 x 23.5 cm
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$5,250
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May 20, 2021
Christie's
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Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) signed and numbered 'Motherwell 5/69' in pencil etching and aquatint in colors, on Rives BFK paper Image: 91⁄4 x 117⁄8 in. (23.5 x 30.2 cm.) Sheet: 253⁄4 x 195⁄8 in. (65.4 x 49.9 cm.) Executed in 1975. This work is number five from the edition of 69 (there were also twelve artist's proofs in Roman numerals). Co-published by the artist and Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York and with the artist's blindstamp.
Untitled, 1975
etching and aquatint in colors, on Rives BFK paper
May 20, 2021
Christie's
$5,250
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30.2 x 23.5 cm
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May 20, 2021
Christie's
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$5,250
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Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) signed and numbered 'Motherwell 5/69' in pencil etching and aquatint in colors, on Rives BFK paper Image: 91⁄4 x 117⁄8 in. (23.5 x 30.2 cm.) Sheet: 253⁄4 x 195⁄8 in. (65.4 x 49.9 cm.) Executed in 1975. This work is number five from the edition of 69 (there were also twelve artist's proofs in Roman numerals). Co-published by the artist and Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York and with the artist's blindstamp.
The Blue Wall, 1977
Sold on May 18, 2021
$18,750
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Work on Paper
acrylic, charcoal and graphite on paper
34.93 x 27.94 cm
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$18,750
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May 18, 2021
Christie's
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Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) signed with the artist’s initials and dated ‘RM 77’ (lower right) acrylic, charcoal and graphite on paper 11 x 13 ¾ in. (27.9 x 34.9 cm.) Executed in 1977.
The Blue Wall, 1977
acrylic, charcoal and graphite on paper
May 18, 2021
Christie's
$18,750
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Work on Paper
34.93 x 27.94 cm
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May 18, 2021
Christie's
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$18,750
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Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) signed with the artist’s initials and dated ‘RM 77’ (lower right) acrylic, charcoal and graphite on paper 11 x 13 ¾ in. (27.9 x 34.9 cm.) Executed in 1977.