Robert Motherwell - Evening & Day Editions London Wednesday, January 20, 2016 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Siri Engberg and Joan Banach 416-429, 431, 434, 439, and 440; and 388-412 and 414 (lacking 413)

  • 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 Poems: 18 plates; and Octavio Paz, Three Poems: 26 plates

Eighteen lithographs hors-texte, from the portfolio of 27; and 26 lithographs, four in colours, en-texte, from the portfolio of 27, all on various hand-made Japanese papers chine appliqué to Arches paper, all with full margins, the latter with the accompanying poems by Octavio Paz (translated by Eliot Weinberger) printed in black and red,
one portfolio 84.5 x 70 cm (33 1/4 x 27 1/2 in.)
one portfolio 59.5 x 97 cm (23 3/8 x 38 1/4 in.)

the 18 lithographs hors-texte signed with initials and numbered 19/50 in pencil (there were also 10 artist's proofs in Roman numerals), all with the artist's copyright inkstamp on the reverse; the 26 lithographs en-texte signed with initials and annotated 'XIII/XX' in pencil (there were also 4 artist's proofs in Arabic numerals), further sequentially numbered 1-25 in pencil on the reverse, both published by The Limited Editions Club, New York, the sheets loose (as issued), contained in two original grey linen-covered portfolios.

£4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for £13,750

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 21 January 2016 2pm & 6pm