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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, California

  • Literature

    Siri Engberg and Joan Banach 425, 426, and 428

  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Mexico City Personages I; Mexico City Personages II; and Mexico City Personages III

  • 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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Octavio Paz: three plates

Three lithographs, with Chine collé to Arches paper, with full margins.
all I. 17 1/2 x 24 in. (44.5 x 61 cm)
all S. 26 x 31 7/8 in. (66 x 81 cm)

All signed, two numbered 'PP I/V' and one annotated 'H.C.' in pencil (two printer's proofs and an hors commerce, the edition was 50 and there were also 10 artist's proofs), published by the Limited Editions Club, New York, please view online or contact department for a detailed condition report, all unframed.

$1,500 - 2,500 

Sold for $2,000

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Editions Contemporary: Online Auction

Online Auction 17 - 24 June 2020