Robert Motherwell, ‘Put Out All Flags’, 1980, Alpha 137 Gallery

PP II/II (aside from the edition of 50 and 10 artist's proofs in Roman numerals). This magnificent hand signed and numbered work - a very rare Printers Proof (one of only 2 in the world) with Robert Motherwell's own 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.
11 3/4 x 19 3/4in
19 7/8 x 29in

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Signature: Boldly signed and numbered PP II/II by on the front (recto)

Catalogue Raisonne Reference: Siri Engberg and Joan Banach

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