Robert Motherwell, ‘Black on Black’, 1978, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Paper: Black Arches Cover paper; natural Kitakata handmade paper
Published by the Artist; released by Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York.
Printed by Robert Bigelow, artist's studio, Greenwich, Connecticut.

Signature: Signature Signed "Motherwell" in white pencil lower right

Publisher: Artist; released by Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York

Robert Motherwell 'Prints From the Artist's Studio' Bernard Jacobson Gallery 12 September - 6 October 2012, no. 18

'Robert Motherwell on Paper ed. by David Rosand' pub. Harry N. Abrahams, Inc., New York: 1997 (illustrated in colour pl. 8, p. 71)
ISBN 0-8109-4294-1
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. 222)

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