Robert Motherwell, ‘Burning Elegy’, 1991, Heritage Auctions
Robert Motherwell, ‘Burning Elegy’, 1991, Heritage Auctions

P.P. I (aside from an edition of 36 with 12 artist proofs)

Condition Report: Sheet is loose; unobtrusive rubbing to black ink; some light spots of foxing in margins; small pinholes at the edges; light handling creases; two inch water markat lower edge; toning. Unframed

Signature: Initialed and inscribed in pencil in lower left, with publisher's blindstamp

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Publisher: Published by Tyler Graphics, Mount Kisco, New York

Engberg/Banach, 520

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