Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 5

Robert Motherwell
Octavio Paz Suite: Nocturne VI

1988

$4,000

About

Lithograph and chine appliqué 64.5 x 54 cms (25 3/8 x 21 1/4 ins) Edition 50 Paper: Arches paper; Japanese Gampi handmade paper Other Collaborators: Image transferred from Mylar to aluminum plate by Maurice Sanchez, Derriere l’Etoile Studios, New York

Details

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Free Shipping: In-Home Delivery Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 1-2 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Artist

Robert Motherwell

The name of painter, printmaker and writer Robert Motherwell (1915–91) is often taken as synonymous with the New York School, whose name he coined. Motherwell was the youngest of this group of Abstract Expressionists working in art, dance, poetry and music in 1950s and '60s New York City, which included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Helen Frankenthaler and Mark Rothko.

Born in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1915, Motherwell had perhaps the broadest and best education of any of the New York School coterie, with an extensive background in philosophy, literature and art history. He earned a BA in philosophy in 1937 from Stanford University and was working toward a PhD in the subject at Harvard when he interrupted his studies for a yearlong trip to Europe, where he fell in love with European modernism.

After returning, in 1940 he enrolled Columbia to study art history. It was there that he met a group of exiled Parisian Surrealists, and encounter that proved influential on his style. Motherwell began to integrate the idea of “automatism” — unmediated gestures that reflect deeper psychological impulses — into his work, pioneering a new form of Abstract Expressionism that came to characterize the New York School.

Works like the 1967 Beside the Sea no. 45, an acrylic on canvas, and the 1966 lithograph New York International epitomize Motherwell’s use of simple shapes in boldly contrasting colors, executed in quick, gestural strokes that occasionally evoke figures, suggesting a latent narrative despite their obvious abstraction.

Throughout his career, Motherwell taught painting at Hunter College, in New York, and at Black Mountain College, in North Carolina, where his work influenced the likes of Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg and Kenneth Noland. His influence as one of the founding fathers of American Abstract Expressionism remains profound.

About the Seller
4.8 / 5
Located in London, United Kingdom
Recognized Seller
These prestigious sellers are industry leaders and represent the highest echelon for item quality and design.
Established in 1960
1stDibs seller since 2015
87 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
Associations
International Fine Print Dealers AssociationSociety Of London Art Dealers
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Bicentennial Suite
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Santa Fe, NM
French Revolution Bicentennial Suite is a set of four 1988 aquatints with photoengraving and collage elements by Robert Motherwell. The iconic Suite is hand signed in graphite by Mot...
Category

1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

Materials

Aquatint

Primal Sign II
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
A classic example of Robert Motherwell's abstract and simplistic style, this scarce print is richly inked and initialed and numbered 40/45 by the artist.
Category

1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

Materials

Etching, Aquatint

Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this color screenprint on Arches Imperial paper. It is signed and numbered 106/250 in pencil by Motherwell. Printed by Maurel Studio, New York. Published by...
Category

1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

Materials

Color, Screen

Red Samurai, from Octavio Paz suite
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Red Samurai, from Octavio Paz suite 1987-88 Lithograph and linoleum cut in colors with chine appliqué on handmade Japanese Masa Dosa paper on Arches support. ...
Category

1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

Materials

Handmade Paper, Lithograph, Linocut

Rites of Passage II
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, made up the quartet of American abstract painters that radically defined abstraction and...
Category

1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

Materials

Handmade Paper, Lithograph

"Summer Light Series: Pauillac, #1" Robert Motherwell Limited Edition Print
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Danvers, MA
A limited edition print by celebrated American abstract expressionist, Robert Motherwell. Summer Light Series: Pauillac, #1 is among iconic prints in Motherwell's Summer Light series...
Category

1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

Materials

Found Objects, Archival Paper, Lithograph

Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart, 25th Anniversary
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Robert Motherwell, American (1915 - 1991) Title: Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart, 25th Anniversary Year: 1991 Medium: Lithograph and Screenprint on Coventry Edition: 800 Size: ...
Category

1990s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph, Screen

Harvest With Blue Bottom, from Summer Light Series
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Robert Motherwell Harvest With Blue Bottom, from Summer Light Series 1973 Lithograph with collage 36 x 18 in. Edition of 55 Pencil signed and numbered; accomp...
Category

1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph, Mixed Media

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery