Robert Motherwell, ‘Hermitage’, 1975, Lillian Heidenberg Fine Art

ithograph from one stone and two photo aluminum plates printed in (1) red (stone), (2) red, and (3) ochre; silkscreen printed in red, tan, and black.

Commissioned by M. Knoedler & Co., New York City; printed by Kenneth Tyler and Robert Bigelow at Tyler Graphics Ltd., with the workshop chop mark; with the artist’s chop mark. The red background is from one stone and one silkscreen. The label is from two photo aluminum litho plates printed in red and ochre. A tan silkscreen is the background for the label, and the Russian writing is from one photo screen printed in black. This print was made in coordination with the loan show of Russian Art at M. Knoedler & Co., New York City, 1975.

Signature: Signed and numbered 191/200 in pencil, lower margin

Belknap, Dorothy. The Prints of Robert Motherwell: A Catalogue Raisonne 1943-1990. (Hudson Hills Press, New York, 1991), 213, fig. 149.

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