Robert Motherwell, ‘Africa Suite: Africa 7’, 1970, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

The original studies from the 'Africa Suite' were a group of ten works selected from a series of ink-on-paper drawings from the same year. The large automatic brush drawings were reworked with white acrylic overpainting and white paper masking to achieve the silhouettes of the final screenprints. The original works were mounted onto a base sheet to determine the size of the print margins. The suite of prints was shown for the first time in 1970 at the Marlborough Gallery, New York, with the original drawings. A small number of impressions apart from the edition were signed but not numbered.

Published by Marlborough Graphics Inc., New York
Printed by Chris Prater, Kelpra Studio, London.

Signature: Signed "RM" in pencil lower left; signed "Motherwell" in screen upper left. Numbered in pencil lower right; artist's chop mark lower right; workshop number "K 7510" stamped in black ink reverse lower right.

Publisher: Marlborough Graphics Inc., New York

'The Painter and the Printer: Robert Motherwell's Graphics 1943-1980', oub. American Federation of Arts, New York: 1980
(illustrated p. 72, cat. 46)
ISBN 0-917418-65-4
Siri Engberg and Joan Banach 'Robert Motherwell: The Complete Prints 1940-1991. Catalogue Raisonne', Walker Art Center and Hudson Hills Press, New York, 2003 (illustrated pl. 75) ISBN: 1-55595-163-5

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