Robert Motherwell, ‘Music’, 1988, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Series: A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 40 (there were 15 additional proofs of various types, for an overall edition of 55), numbered in pencil in the margin also lower right.  One of 22 etchings created by the artist to illustrate the James Joyce book Ulysses, this etching from the separate images only album of the same title.  Published by Arion Press, San Francisco; printed by Robert Townsend at R.E. Townsend, Georgetown, Massachusetts.

Signature: Hand-signed with the artist’s monogram in pencil in the margin lower right RM.

Publisher: Arion Press, San Francisco

Catalog: Engberg/Banach 458; Belknap 396.

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