Robert Motherwell, ‘Running Elegy’, 1983, Christie's

Initialed in pencil, numbered 9/31 (there were also five artist's proofs in Roman numerals), published by the artist, with his blindstamp, released by Tyler Graphics, Mount Kisco, New York, with full margins, occasional pinpoint foxmarks (primarily in the margins), otherwise in generally good condition, framed
Image: 11 5/8 x 28 3/8 in. (295 x 721 mm.)
Sheet: 18 ¼ x 35 5/8 in. (464 x 905 mm.)

Belknap 261; Engberg & Banach 303

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