Robert Motherwell
The Stoneness of the Stone
Edition 75
1974
Lithograph on light gray Twinrocker handmade paper laminated to medium gray Twinrocker handmade paper
104.1 x 76.2 cms (41 x 30 ins)
RM17045

CR 161

Signature:Signed "Motherwell" in
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Robert Motherwell
Stoneness of Stone

1974

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Robert Motherwell The Stoneness of the Stone Edition 75 1974 Lithograph on light gray Twinrocker handmade paper laminated to medium gray Twinrocker handmade paper 104.1 x 76.2 cms (41 x 30 ins) RM17045 CR 161 Signature:Signed "Motherwell" in pencil lower right Inscriptions:Numbered in pencil lower right; workshop chop mark lower right; artist's chop mark lower right; workshop number "RM74-138" in pencil reverse lower left Edition:75 Proofs:1 archive proof 8 AP, numbered I/VIII-VIII/VIII 1 CP 1 PP 1 RTP 2 TP, numbered I-II Publisher:Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York Printer:Kenneth Tyler, assisted by Don Carli, Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York Other Collaborators:Stone preparation, processing, and proofing by Carli and Tyler Production Sequence:1 color printed in 1 run from 1 stone: black - stone Concordance:B 136; TGL 382 RM1

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  • Dimensions
    H 40.99 in. x W 30.01 in.H 104.1 cm x W 76.2 cm
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU26224930851
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About Robert Motherwell (Artist)

The name of painter, printmaker and writer Robert Motherwell 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 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.

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