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Nocturne I, Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
One of three prints from the Octavio Paz suite, Robert Motherwell’s, Nocturne I is a masterful work of printed art. An original lithograph created on handmade paper laid then onto A...
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Robert Motherwell, 'Untitled' 1973 Print
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Created in 1973, Robert Motherwell's 'Untitled' is an Etching with Aquatint on Arches Paper, signed and numbered in pencil. This is from an edition of 50. Please contact with any que...
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1970s Contemporary Still-life Prints

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Etching

Early Untitled Lithograph by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
"Untitled" by Robert Motherwell was printed as part of "9", a portfolio with works of 9 other abstract expressionist artists including Willem de Kooning, Sam Francis, Ellsworth Kelly...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Contemporary Art

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Paper

  • Early Untitled Lithograph by Robert Motherwell
  • Early Untitled Lithograph by Robert Motherwell
  • Early Untitled Lithograph by Robert Motherwell
  • Early Untitled Lithograph by Robert Motherwell
H 26.88 in. W 21.75 in. D 1.5 in.
Large, Signed and Numbered, Robert Motherwell Lithograph
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Newport Beach, CA
"Elegy Study I" - Signed and annotated P.P.II, 1989 lithograph in colors on light brown, TGL handmade paper by iconic American artist, Robert Motherwell (1915-1991). From an edition ...
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Vintage 1980s American Contemporary Art

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Paper

"Rite of Passage II" Lithograph by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
"Rite of Passage II" lithograph by Robert Motherwell, red and white duplex Tyler Graphics Ltd; handmade. Published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., with their chop mark; printed by Lee Funder...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Contemporary Art

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Paper

London Series II: Untitled (Blue/Cream) by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Hinsdale, IL
ROBERT MOTHERWELL (1915-1991) London Series II: Untitled (Blue/Pale Blue) Screenprint in color on J.B. Green paper, c. 1971 Initialed and numbered by the artist, full ...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Screen

1981 After Robert Motherwell 'By the Sea' Expressionism United Kingdom
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 36 x 22 inches ( 91.44 x 55.88 cm ) Image Size: 20 x 15.75 inches ( 50.8 x 40.005 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Additional ...
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1980s Prints and Multiples

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Offset

Poet II - Lithograph, Abstract Print, 20th Century by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Edition of 35 75.6 x 53.7 cms (29.76 x 21.14 ins)
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

1979 After Robert Motherwell 'The Collage Prints, 1968-1978' Offset Lithograph
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 20.75 x 17 inches ( 52.705 x 43.18 cm ) Image Size: 16 x 13.5 inches ( 40.64 x 34.29 cm ) Framed: No Condition: B: Very Good Condition, with signs of handling or age ...
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1970s Prints and Multiples

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Offset

Robert Motherwell, Drunk with Turpentine No. 21
Located in New York, NY
"Drunk with Turpentine # 21" A Robert Motherwell painting. Oil on paper. Signed and dated " Motherwell 1979 " Framed: H 37¾, W 47½ inches. Provenance: Dedalus Foundation, New Y...
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Vintage 1970s North American Modern Paintings

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Abalone

  • Robert Motherwell, Drunk with Turpentine No. 21
  • Robert Motherwell, Drunk with Turpentine No. 21
  • Robert Motherwell, Drunk with Turpentine No. 21
  • Robert Motherwell, Drunk with Turpentine No. 21
H 37.75 in. W 47.5 in. D 1.75 in.
Pull Out All Flags (Engberg, Banach 263)
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
Robert Motherwell Pull Out All Flags (Engberg, Banach 263), 1980 Aquatint and etching in colors, on German Etching paper, with full margins Hand-signed by artist, Pencil signed and n...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

The Berggruen Series: Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
15 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches (paper size) Signed and numbered upper left Edition 21 of 100 PROVENANCE Private collection, New York This item is located in our New York City warehouse and...
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1980s Post-War Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Palo Alto
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...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Tricolor 137
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Mount Vernon, NY
Date: 1973 Lithograph, signed in the plate Image Size: 12 x 9 inches
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Lyric Suite
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Brown ink with orange bleed on rice paper 22.9 x 27.9 cms (9 x 11 ins)
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20th Century Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink

The Collage Prints, 1968-1978
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Exhibition poster created for Motherwell: The Collage Prints, in 1979 at Lucas Hall and the Museum of Art and Archaeology.
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1970s Contemporary Abstract Prints

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Offset

  • The Collage Prints, 1968-1978
  • The Collage Prints, 1968-1978
H 20.75 in. W 17 in. D 0.1 in.
America La France Variations II
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) is one of the essential American abstract painters that radically defined post-war abstraction in New York City. Today, his work appears in museum coll...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

America La France Variations III
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) is one of the essential American abstract painters that radically defined post-war abstraction in New York City. Today, his work appears in museum coll...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

The Persian 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 Modern painting...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Paris Suite (Autumn)
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) is one of the essential American abstract painters that radically defined post-war abstraction in New York City. Today, his work appears in museum coll...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

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Lithograph

America La France Variations VIII
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 Modern painting...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Basque Suite #2
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 abstract painters that radically defined Modern painting in Ameri...
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1970s Abstract Prints

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Screen

Untitled No. 8
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
One of the most experimental and courageous printmakers of the 20th century, Robert Motherwell’s, Untitled #8 (from The Basque Suite) demonstrates the bold, highly saturated areas o...
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Prints and Multiples

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Screen

Frontispiece from" A la Pintura"
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A print by Robert Motherwell. "Frontispiece from 'A la Pintura'" is an aquatint executed in blue and brown and depicts the writing A la Pintura below a small blue rectangle by Post W...
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1970s Post-War Figurative Prints

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Aquatint

The Basque Suite: Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Edition of 150 104.1 x 71.7 cms (41 x 28 1/4 ins)
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Screen

America - La France variations IV, 17/68 color lithograph with collage
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Three Oaks, MI
America-La France Variations IV 1984. Lithograph in colors with collage on Tyler Graphics Ltd. handmade paper. Signed in pencil Numbered 17/68 (there were also XVIII artist’s proofs ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

America - La France variations I, 46/70 color lithograph with collage
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Three Oaks, MI
America-La France Variations I 1983-4. Lithograph in colors with collage on Tyler Graphics Ltd. handmade paper. Signed in pencil Numbered 46/70 (there were also XVIII artist’s proofs...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

America-La France Variations IV
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, made up a quartet of abstract painters that radically defined Modern painting in America...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Peace Portfolio I: Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed screenprint on Rives BFK paper by American artist Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) titled "Peace Portfolio I: Untitled", 1970. Hand pencil signed and numbered by Moth...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Screen

Tricolor 137
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Robert Motherwell Title: Tricolor 137 Year: 1973 Medium: Offset Lithograph, signed in the plate Size: 15 x 10.5 in. (38.1 x 26.67 cm) Frame: 19 x 16 inches Published by XXe ...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Offset

  • Tricolor 137
  • Tricolor 137
  • Tricolor 137
  • Tricolor 137
H 19 in. W 16 in. D 1 in.
Abstract Composition - Original color Etching and Aquatint - 1967
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Paris, FR
Robert MOTHERWELL Abstract Composition Original etching and aquatint Unsigned On Johannot vellum 37.5 x 28 cm (c. 15 x 11 inch) Published by Lazar Vernet in 1967 and limited to 200 ...
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1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (Poster) -- signed limited edition
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Missouri, MO
Original color lithograph designed by Robert Motherwell for the 94th Season, Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra From the limited edition of 120 + A.P.s on Arches Cove...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Octavio Paz Suite: Spanish Elegy
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
Robert Motherwell Octavio Paz Suite: Spanish Elegy, 1988 Lithograph and chine appliqué on Arches paper and Japanese Gampi handmade paper pencil signed, annotated "Trial Position Proo...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

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...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph, Mixed Media

Put out all Flags
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Aquatint, lift-ground etching and aquatint on German Etching paper 53.3 x 73.7 cms (21 x 29 ins) Edition of 50
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1980s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
29.88 x 22.36 ins (75.9 x 56.8 cms) Edition of 96 Signature:Signed "R. Motherwell" in pencil lower right Inscriptions:Numbered in pencil lower right; artist's chop mark lower right ...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Color, Etching, Aquatint

  • Untitled
  • Untitled
  • Untitled
  • Untitled
H 29.88 in. W 22.36 in.
Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on paper 79.1 x 106.4 cms (31 1/8 x 41 15/16 ins)
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

  • Untitled
  • Untitled
H 31.13 in. W 41.94 in.
French Revolution Bicentennial No. 5
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Acrylic, enamel and pasted papers on paper 25.4 x 35.6 cms (10 x 14 ins)
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Mixed Media

Stoneness of Stone
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
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 (4...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Paris Suite 1 (Spring)
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell Paris Suite I (Spring) 1980 Lithograph on J.B. Green handmade paper, Edition of 60 48.9 x 48.9 cms (19 1/4 x 19 1/4 ins) RM17031
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Paris Suite 4 (Winter)
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell Paris Suite IV (Winter) 1980 Lithograph on J.B. Green handmade paper, Edition of 60 47 x 45.7 cms (18.5 x 18 ins) RM17036 CR 267 18 1/2 x 18 in. (47 x 45.7 cm) Sig...
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1980s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

For Meyer Schapiro: Tallith for Meyer Schapiro
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell For Meyer Schapiro: Tallith for Meyer Schapiro 1974 Lift-ground etching and aquatint on Arches Cover paper Ed. 100, 13 AP, 1 CP, 11 HC 105.4 x 74.9 cms (41.5 x 29.5...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival - 25th Anniversary
By Robert Motherwell
Located in PAU, FR
Robert Motherwell, American (1915 - 1991) Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, 25th Anniversary. Lithograph, Edition of 800, unsigned and unnumbered. Framed. Printer: Trestle Edi...
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph, Screen

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...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Handmade Paper, Lithograph

Red Sea III
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Aquatint and lift-ground etching on Georges Duchêne Hawthorne of Larroque handmade paper, Edition of 70 1983 90.2 x 46.4 cms (35 1/2 x 18 1/4 ins)
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1980s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

The Hospital
By Robert Motherwell
Located in San Francisco, CA
Original etching printed in two colors on Johannot wove paper. Hand-signed with the artist’s monogram in pencil in the margin lower right RM. A superb impression of the definit...
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20th Century Abstract Abstract Prints

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Etching

Gesture Series (A)
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on paper 77.5 x 57.2 cms (30 1/2 x 22 1/2 ins) The composition of this work anticipates the 1971 lithograph Samurai. Throughout his career Motherwell was drawn to automatis...
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Paris Suite 3 (Autumn)
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell Paris Suite III (Autumn) 1980 Lithograph on J.B. Green handmade paper, Edition of 60 49.2 x 56.8 cms (19 1/2 x 22 1/2 ins) RM17035 CR 266 Signature:Signed "RM" in...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

España II
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell Espana II 1983 Aquatint and lift-ground etching on Moulin du Gue Rives de Lin paper Edition of 40 31.8 x 26.7 cms (12.5 x 10.5 ins) RME9319
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Etching, Aquatint

The Red and Black No. 52
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Houston, TX
Robert Motherwell's "The Red and Black No.52" is an abstract collage that incorporates oil based etching ink, pasted papers, and aquatint on paper. The piece was created between the ...
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1980s Modern Mixed Media

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Paper, Ink, Aquatint

  • The Red and Black No. 52
  • The Red and Black No. 52
  • The Red and Black No. 52
  • The Red and Black No. 52
H 32.75 in. W 26.125 in. D 1.625 in.
America - La France Variations IX
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Lithograph and collage Edition of 60 72.4 x 55.3 cms (28 1/2 x 21 3/4 ins)
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Norway
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
54.9 x 56.5 cms (21.6 x 22.25 ins) Edition of 50 Paper: Somerset paper Signature:Signed "RM" in pencil lower right Inscriptions:Numbered in pencil lower right Proofs:20 AP, ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Color, Lithograph

  • Norway
  • Norway
H 21.6 in. W 22.25 in.
No. 2 from Three Poems
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Robert Motherwell, American (1915 - 1991) Title: No. 2 from Three Poems, collaboration with Octavio Paz Year: 1987 Medium: Lithograph on Japon with Chine Colle Edition: 750 I...
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1980s Modern Abstract Prints

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Rice Paper, Lithograph

Lament for Lorca
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Lithograph on white Tyler Graphics Ltd. (TGL) handmade paper 44x61 in (111.8x154.9cm) Edition of 52
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Color, Lithograph

Mexican Night II
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
44.5 x 44.5 cms (17.5 x 17.5 ins) Edition of 70 Signature:Signed "Motherwell" in pencil lower right Inscriptions:Numbered in pencil lower right; artist's chop mark lower right ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Color, Etching, Aquatint

The Basque Suite: Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Colour screenprint on J.B. Green paper 104.1 x 71.7 cms (41 x 28 1/4 ins) Edition of 150
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Color, Screen

Cabaret No. 8
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Acrylic, pencil and collage on paper 55.9 x 26 cms (22 x 10 1/4 ins)
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Mixed Media

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Mixed Media, Acrylic

Roth-Handle
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
CR 168 Paper:Auvergne à la Main Richard de Bas handmade paper; offset-printed Roth Händle cigarette label Signature:Signed "RM" in pencil upper right Inscriptions:Numbered in pencil ...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Aquatint

  • Roth-Handle
  • Roth-Handle
H 19.49 in. W 15.56 in.
The Basque Suite: Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
104.1 x 71.8 cms (41 x 28.25 ins) Edition of 150 Paper: J.B. Green Paper Signed "RM" in pencil lower right; signed "Motherwell" in screen lower right Inscriptions: Numbered in ...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Color, Screen

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: ...
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph, Screen

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Motherwell Gray For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the motherwell gray you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. There are many Abstract, Modern and Post-War versions of these works for sale. Finding the perfect motherwell gray may mean sifting through those created during different time periods — you can find an early version that dates to the 20th Century and a newer variation that were made as recently as the 20th Century. When looking for the right motherwell gray for your space, you can search on 1stDibs by color — popular works were created in bold and neutral palettes with elements of gray and brown. Creating a motherwell gray has been a part of the legacy of many artists, but those crafted by Robert Motherwell and (after) Robert Motherwell are consistently popular. Frequently made by artists working in lithograph, etching and aquatint, these artworks are unique and have attracted attention over the years.

How Much is a Motherwell Gray?

A motherwell gray can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price for items in our inventory is $6,158, while the lowest priced sells for $80 and the highest can go for as much as $120,000.

Robert Motherwell Biography and Important Works

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.

Finding the Right Prints and Multiples for You

Decorating with fine-art prints — whether they’re figurative prints, abstract prints or another variety — has always been a practical way of bringing a space to life as well as bringing works by an artist you love into your home.

Pursued in the 1960s and ’70s, largely by Pop artists drawn to its associations with mass production, advertising, packaging and seriality, as well as those challenging the primacy of the Abstract Expressionist brushstroke, printmaking was embraced in the 1980s by painters and conceptual artists ranging from David Salle and Elizabeth Murray to Adrian Piper and Sherrie Levine.

Printmaking is the transfer of an image from one surface to another. An artist takes a material like stone, metal, wood or wax, carves, incises, draws or otherwise marks it with an image, inks or paints it and then transfers the image to a piece of paper or other material.

Fine-art prints are frequently confused with their more commercial counterparts. After all, our closest connection to the printed image is through mass-produced newspapers, magazines and books, and many people don’t realize that even though prints are editions, they start with an original image created by an artist with the intent of reproducing it in a small batch. Fine-art prints are created in strictly limited editions — 20 or 30 or maybe 50 — and are always based on an image created specifically to be made into an edition.

Many people think of revered Dutch artist Rembrandt as a painter but may not know that he was a printmaker as well. His prints have been preserved in time along with the work of other celebrated printmakers such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol. These fine-art prints are still highly sought after by collectors.

“It’s another tool in the artist’s toolbox, just like painting or sculpture or anything else that an artist uses in the service of mark making or expressing him- or herself,” says International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) vice president Betsy Senior, of New York’s Betsy Senior Fine Art, Inc.

Because artist’s editions tend to be more affordable and available than his or her unique works, they’re more accessible and can be a great opportunity to bring a variety of colors, textures and shapes into a space.

For tight corners, select small fine-art prints as opposed to the oversized bold piece you’ll hang as a focal point in the dining area. But be careful not to choose something that is too big for your space. And feel free to lean into it if need be — not every work needs picture-hanging hooks. Leaning a larger fine-art print against the wall behind a bookcase can add a stylish installation-type dynamic to your living room. (Read more about how to arrange wall art here.)

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