Robert Motherwell, ‘Untitled (Catalogue Raisonne: Engberg/Banach 211)’, 1977, Alpha 137 Gallery

Pencil signed and numbered from the limited edition of only 100. Rare early 1970s lithograph, based on the artist's earlier automatic ink drawings, was published by Robert Motherwell himself, and printed by master printer Robert Bigelew in the artist's studio in Greenwich, Connecticut, bearing the artist's distinctive chop mark, lower right. It's one color printed in one run from 1 aluminum plate - black. According to the catalogue raisonne, "This print was included in the limited edition of Dadi Bianchi: Robert Motherwell, published in 1977 by De Luca, Editore, Rome, which addresses Robert Motherwell's Lyric Suite, a large group of automatic ink drawings made in 1965."

There is overall toning to the sheet, which could use a good cleaning; minor tape residue on the verso from having once been framed; will reframe out fine. Otherwise in good vintage condition. An extremely rare work, as it was distributed in Europe, so very uncommon stateside.

Signature: Signed "Motherwell" in pencil lower right and numbered in pencil 89 from the edition of 100; signed "RM" (reversed in plate), upper left. Additionally, the work bears the artist's distinctive chop mark lower right.

Publisher: Artist (Publisher), Robert Bigelow, Artist's Studio, Greenwich Connecticut

Catalogue Raisonne: Engberg/Banach 211, Concordance: B, 184

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