Robert Motherwell, ‘Nocturnes II, III, V, VI, and VIII, from the Octavio Paz Suite’, 1987, Etherton Gallery

Nocturne 1-5, from the Octavio Paz Suite:

OCTAVIO PAZ SUITE, 1987-88 These are various images from a total suite of 27 lithographs dedicated to the Mexican poet Octavio Paz, a close friend of the artist. The images are not illustrations of Paz's poems, but rather extensions of their mood and interpretations of their imagery.
These lithographs were produced using a technique called chine-collé which means that they are first printed on sheets of beige, crimson, ochre or blue colored ricepaper, which is then adhered to a larger sheet of hand torn white paper. This is a very convenient way of making a two-color print with only one inking of the plate. The collaging of the ricepaper also adds a particular texture to the image.
The initials "h.c. " mean "hors commerce", a French term for "to the trade", meaning they are proofs that are retained by the publisher to offset printing costs. They are neither more nor less valuable than the other signed, numbered prints. There are 5 sets of h.c. prints.

Signature: initialed, editioned (h.c.) recto in pencil

Publisher: Published by the Limited Editions Club

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