Robert Motherwell, ‘Summer Light Series: Pauillac, #2’, 1973, Caviar20

While Motherwell is known as one of the most important and influential artists associated with Abstract Expressionism, he is also revered for his work and promotion of printmaking.

The inclusion of European cigarette graphics and labels from fine wines is one of the most distinctive aesthetic characteristics in his work. It also continues a tradition, established by Picasso and Braque during the heyday of Cubism, of incorporating the detritus of daily life and its simple pleasures.

This work, the second from the "Summer Light Series" is arguably one of the best and most graphic, with its black band across the lower half of the composition in contrast to the Chateau Latour label that acts as the "heart" of the work.

"Pauillac" and its siblings were some of the most elaborate prints that Motherwell created during his career. The work was realized using lithography, the pochoir technique, collage and hand-ripping the different types of paper used.

This work is in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, as well as several other museum collections.

Signature: Signed and numbered "AP" by the artist.

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