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Robert Motherwell, ‘Beau Geste pour Lucrèce (see W.A.C 480-485)’, 1989, Sotheby's
Robert Motherwell, ‘Beau Geste pour Lucrèce (see W.A.C 480-485)’, 1989, Sotheby's
Robert Motherwell, ‘Beau Geste pour Lucrèce (see W.A.C 480-485)’, 1989, Sotheby's

Property from the Private Collection of Robert Motherwell and Renate Ponsold Motherwell

Each signed in pencil and inscribed H.C., one of ten hors commerce copies aside from the numbered edition of 100 (total edition includes 15 artist's proofs), each with mat (as issued), on various papers, with title page and colophon, printed by Trestle Editions Ltd., New York, published by Editions Daniel Papierski, Paris, contained in the original paper wrapper and cloth-covered box (6 prints).

each sheet: 559 by 381 mm 22 by 15 in
overall: 730 by 520 by 35 mm 28 3/4 by 20 1/2 by 1 3/8 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