Robert Motherwell, ‘A Throw of the Dice #2 and Untitled (Walker Art Center 10 & 58)’, 1963 & 1968, Sotheby's
Robert Motherwell, ‘A Throw of the Dice #2 and Untitled (Walker Art Center 10 & 58)’, 1963 & 1968, Sotheby's

The Jeffrey M. Kaplan Collection

The first signed in pencil and inscribed 'trial proof', one of an unknown number of trial and working proofs (editions of this series were never made), on handmade ochre paper, with the blindstamp of the printer and publisher, ULAE, West Islip, New York, the second printed in blue and black, initialed in pencil, dated and inscribed 'XXXIX/LX' (there is also a deluxe book edition of 50 numbered in Arabic numerals), on Rives BFK paper, the second printed by Atelier Michel Cassé, Paris, and published by Editions Georges Fall, Paris, framed (2 prints).

images: 453 by 358 mm 17 3/4 by 14 1/8 in; 224 by 145 mm 8 7/8 by 5 3/4 in
sheets: 630 by 492 mm 24 3/4 by 19 3/8 in; 379 by 280 mm 14 7/8 by 11 in

About Robert Motherwell

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 featuring bold black shapes against fields of color—but also made Motherwell one of the leading writers, theorists, and advocates of the New York School. He forged close friendships with the European Surrealists and other intellectuals over his interests in poetry and philosophy, and as such served as a vital link between the pre-war avant-garde in Europe and its post-war counterpart in New York, establishing automatism and psychoanalysis as central concerns of American abstraction. "It's not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous," Motherwell said. "It's more like you blurt something out and then analyze it.

American, 1915-1991, Aberdeen, Washington, based in New York and Greenwich, Connecticut