Robert Motherwell, ‘Hollow Man Suite’, 1986, Phillips
Robert Motherwell, ‘Hollow Man Suite’, 1986, Phillips

All images: Various sizes
All sheets: 11 x 11 3/4 in. (27.9 x 29.8 cm)

From the Specialists:
Robert Motherwell was committed to the practice of printmaking throughout his career, eventually creating approximately 500 editions. He even employed a master printer in his studio staff, in order to explore ideas when they came to him more easily.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: All signed with initials and numbered 'ap X/X' in pencil (an artist's proof, the edition was 49), co-published by the artist and Waddington Graphics, Ltd., London, all framed.

Siri Engberg and Joan Banach 368-374

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