Robert Motherwell, ‘Summertime in Italy (with Lines)’, 1966, Bernard Jacobson Gallery
Robert Motherwell, ‘Summertime in Italy (with Lines)’, 1966, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

The edition of 100 was divided into three groupings printed with different background colours: light blue for the first third, dark blue for the second third, and black for the last third, although no documentation of the exact numbering sequences exists in archival or workshop records. Artist's proof impressions were printed on white and buff Rivers BFK papers. The artist's proofs were also printed with light blue, dark blue, or black backgrounds, along with a fourth version containing on background plate. There are additional colour variances in the trial proofs that depart from both the edition and artist's proof impressions.

Published by Hollander Workshop, New York.
Printed by Irwin Hollander, Hollander Workshop.

Signature: Signed "Motherwell" in pencil lower right.

Siri Engberg and Joan Banach 'Robert Motherwell: The Complete Prints 1940-1991. Catalogue Raisonne', Walker Art Center and Hudson Hills Press, New York, 2003 (illustrated pl. 035) ISBN: 1-55595-163-5

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