Robert Motherwell, ‘DANCE III (RED)’, 1978, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original lift-ground etching and aquatint printed in two colors (red, black) on J.B. Green wove paper.

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 50, numbered in pencil in the margin also lower left (there were 10 additional artist’s proofs numbered in Roman numerals). Published by the artist, bearing his copyright blindstamp in the lower right corner of the sheet; printed by Catherine Mosley at the artist’s studio, Greenwich, Connecticut.

Catalog: Engberg/Banach 233; Belknap 202.

Sheet Size: 27 3/8 x 30 5/8 inches

In excellent condition, with bright fresh color, printed on a sheet with full margins.

Signature: Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower left Motherwell. 

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