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  • Literature

    Siri Engberg and Joan Banach 533

  • Catalogue Essay

    This print was in the editioning phase when Motherwell died in July 1991. Only the BAT [the good-to-print impression] is signed. The rest were embossed with the artist's estate chop mark and numbered by Catherine Mosley and Joan Banach. - Siri Engberg and Joan Banach, Robert Motherwell: The Complete Prints, 1940-1991, 2003, p. 403

  • Artist Biography

    Robert Motherwell

    American • 1915 - 1991

    One of the youngest proponents of the Abstract Expressionist movement, Robert Motherwell rose to critical acclaim with his first solo exhibition at Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century gallery in 1944. Not only was Motherwell one of the major practicing Abstract Expressionist artists, he was, in fact, the main intellectual driving force within the movement—corralling fellow New York painters such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Hans Hoffman and William Baziotes into his circle. Motherwell later coined the term the "New York School", a designation synonymous to Abstract Expressionism that loosely refers to a wide variety of non-objective work produced in New York between 1940 and 1960.

    During an over five-decade-long career, Motherwell created a large and powerful body of varied work that includes paintings, drawings, prints and collages. Motherwell's work is most generally characterized by simple shapes, broad color contrasts and a dynamic interplay between restrained and gestural brushstrokes. Above all, it demonstrates his approach to art-making as a response to the complexity of lived, and importantly felt, experience.

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Barcelona Elegy to the Spanish Republic (E. & B. 533)

Etching and aquatint colors, on German etching paper, with full margins.
I. 21 1/8 x 27 1/2 in. (53.7 x 69.9 cm)
S. 26 7/8 x 32 3/4 in. (68.3 x 83.2 cm)

Numbered 13/50 in pencil by Catherine Mosley and Joan Banach (with the artist's estate blindstamp), published by the Dedalus Foundation, New York, framed.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $8,890

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New York Auction 24-26 October 2023