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Robert Motherwell, ‘El Negro (W.A.C. 308.1-.21)’, 1983, Sotheby's

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

Signed in black ink on the colophon and inscribed "a.p. I/X", an artist's proof aside from the numbered edition of 51, bound and folded (as issued), on white TGL handmade paper, three pages with chine appliqué, with preface by Jack Flam, title pages and colophon, printed and published by Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, contained in the original cloth-covered portfolio box (19 prints).

smallest sheet: 381 by 381 mm 15 by 15 in; largest sheet: 381 by 959 mm 15 by 37 3/4 in
overall: 432 by 427 by 58 mm 17 by 16 7/8 by 2 1/4 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