Robert Motherwell, ‘Three Poems (W.A.C. 387.1-.27)’, 1988, Sotheby's
Robert Motherwell, ‘Three Poems (W.A.C. 387.1-.27)’, 1988, Sotheby's

Property from the Private Collection of Robert Motherwell and Renate Ponsold Motherwell

Signed in pencil on the justification by the artist and author, numbered 722, from the edition of 750 (total edition includes 30 artist's proofs), bound (as issued), on various handmade Japan papers attached with chine appliqué to mould made Cartiere Enrico Magnani paper (W.A.C. 387.1 inset on the cover board), printed by Trestle Editions Limited, New York, published by The Limited Editions Club, New York, contained in the original linen-covered boards and clamshell box (27 prints).

sheets: 542 by 453 mm 21 3/8 by 17 7/8 in
overall: 591 by 495 by 58 mm 23 1/4 by 19 1/2 by 2 1/4 in

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