Robert Motherwell, ‘Pull Out All Flags (Engberg, Banach 263)’, 1980, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Motherwell, ‘Pull Out All Flags (Engberg, Banach 263)’, 1980, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Motherwell, ‘Pull Out All Flags (Engberg, Banach 263)’, 1980, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Motherwell, ‘Pull Out All Flags (Engberg, Banach 263)’, 1980, Alpha 137 Gallery

Rare proof signed and numbered from the edition of only II. Below is a recent auction record for a comparable print - Motherwell's "Wave" (though from an edition nearly twice the size as this) - but with a similar rich red gestural hue. (We of course much prefer the present work.) See comp below:
Auction Comparable:
Robert Motherwell
Title Wave
Description Wave (E./B. 475), 1989Lithograph in colors on white Somerset mould-made paper, signed More ...
Medium lithograph in colors on white somerset mould-made paper
Year of Work 1989
Size Height 38.9 in.; Width 54.6 in. / Height 98.7 cm.; Width 138.8 cm.
Edition ; aside from ed. 92
Misc. Signed
Sale of Bonhams Los Angeles: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 [Lot 00204]
Prints and Multiples
Sold For 40,000 USD Premium
This is probably the best impression that exists of this rare iconic Motherwell print, as it is one of only two Printers' Proofs in the world, aside from the regular edition of 50. This magnificent hand signed and numbered work with Robert Motherwell's personal blind stamp, was printed in the artist's studio by Catherine Mousley. A beautiful, dazzling - dramatic impression; in excellent condition, framed and ready to hang.
Measurements:
Framed:
11 3/4 x 19 3/4in
Sheet:
19 7/8 x 29in
Catalogue Raisonne Reference: Engberg and Banach, 263
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Signature: Boldly signed and numbered PP II/II by on the front (recto)

Publisher: American Federation for the Arts, New York, Catherine Mousley

Siri Engberg and Joan Banach 263

Bonhams, 20 May 2008, Lot 328

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