Robert Motherwell, ‘Lines for St. Gallen; and Hermitage (W.A.C. 106 & 180)’, 1971 and 1975, Sotheby's
Robert Motherwell, ‘Lines for St. Gallen; and Hermitage (W.A.C. 106 & 180)’, 1971 and 1975, Sotheby's

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

Each signed in pencil, the first inscribed 'ap', (W.A.C. mentions an artist's proof and other unrecorded proofs, aside from the numbered edition of 80), the second inscribed 'a.p. xxi/xxx', an artist's proof aside from the numbered edition of 200, both on Arches, the first with the blindstamps of the artist and of the printer and publisher, Erker-Presse, St. Gallen, Switzerland, the second with the blindstamps of the artist and the publisher, Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, framed (2 prints).

the first sheet: 695 by 561 mm 27 3/8 by 22 in
the second sheet: 1187 by 806 mm 46 3/4 by 31 3/4 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