Robert Motherwell, ‘Black Gesture on Copper Ground (W.A.C. 276)’, Sotheby's

The Jeffrey M. Kaplan Collection

Initialed in brown ink and inscribed 'ap VI/X', an artist's proof aside from the numbered edition of 52, on German Etching paper, published by the artist and with his blindstamp, released by Petersburg Press, London and New York, framed.

plate: 705 by 273 mm 27 3/4 by 10 3/4 in
sheet: 993 by 527 mm 39 1/8 by 20 3/4 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