Robert Motherwell, ‘Red Sea II’, 1979, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 100 (there were 22 additional proofs of various types, for an overall edition of 122), numbered in pencil in the margin also lower right. Also bearing the artist’s blindstamp in the margin lower right. Published by Abrams Original Editions, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York; printed by Catherine Mosley in the artist’s studio, Greenwich, Connecticut.

Engberg/Banach 242; Belknap 211.

Signature: Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Motherwell. 

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