Robert Motherwell, ‘Untitled No. 8’, 1971, michael lisi / contemporary art

An enthusiastic and innovative printmaker, Motherwell produced editions throughout the course of his career and utilized a wide variety of materials and techniques, often collaborating with master printers. Printed in collaboration with the Kelpra Studio in London, the 'Basque Suite' demonstrates the bold, highly saturated areas of color and flat surfaces for which screenprinting is known. Untitled (No. 8) is an original color screenprint on J.B. Green paper, signed in pencil and numbered and measures 41 x 28 1/4 inches (104 x 71.8 cm), unframed, from the original edition of 150.


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