Robert Motherwell, ‘Automatism Elegy (State II Buff)’, 1980, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Edition of 50
Proofs:10 AP, numbered I/X-X/X
1 HC
3 PP
Publisher: Artist; released by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York
Printer: Arnold Brooks and Maurice Sanchez, Derrière l’Étoile Studios, New York
Production Sequence:1 color printed in 1 run from 1 aluminum plate: black - plate. A blind plate mark was added the exact size of the image.
Concordance: B 239

Signature: Signed "RM" in pencil lower left Inscriptions: Numbered in pencil lower left; artist's chop mark lower right

Publisher: Artist; released by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, Robert Motherwell: Black, 24th June - 11th September 2015.
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, Robert Motherwell: Abstract Expressionism, 16 September - 26 November 2016

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. 272)
ISBN: 1-55595-163-5

Dedalus Foundation, New York
Acquired from the above by Bernard Jacobson Gallery, 2011

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