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ST. MICHAEL III
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Portland, ME
Motherwell, Robert. ST. MICHAEL III. Dedalus 237, Belknap 206, Tyler Graphics 398. Lithograph and screenprint in colors, 1979. One of 20 Artist's Proofs in addition to the edition of...
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1970s American Modern Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph, Screen

Robert Motherwell, Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
"Untitled" Lithograph by Robert Motherwell on Arches Paper. Signed and numbered 198/225 in pencil. Printed by Irwin Hollander, New York, with artists blind stamp. Published by Ta...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Contemporary Art

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Paper

  • Robert Motherwell, Untitled
  • Robert Motherwell, Untitled
  • Robert Motherwell, Untitled
  • Robert Motherwell, Untitled
H 26 in. W 20.63 in. D 1.5 in.
Robert Motherwell, 'Untitled' 1973 Print
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
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

Slate Gray Pintura, Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
A stunning image in its simplicity and so recognizably by Robert Motherwell, Slate Gray Pintura was created by the artist  in 1975 as an aquatint, etching and collograph, the artwork...
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20th Century Modern Prints and Multiples

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Etching, Aquatint

"Elegy (Study)" by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
A lithograph titled, "Elegy ( Study )" by Robert Motherwell 1979, signed and numbered 42/98 in pencil with Motherwell's blind stamp. There were 12 artist proofs in addition to the 98...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Contemporary Art

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Paper

  • "Elegy (Study)" by Robert Motherwell
  • "Elegy (Study)" by Robert Motherwell
  • "Elegy (Study)" by Robert Motherwell
  • "Elegy (Study)" by Robert Motherwell
H 30 in. W 42.25 in. D 1.5 in.
Robert Motherwell "London Series II"
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
The complete suite of 5 silk screens by Robert Motherwell published in 1970-71 by Marlborough Graphics Inc. Printed at Kelpra Studio in London under the direction of Chris Prater. In...
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Vintage 1970s English Modern Contemporary Art

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Paper

  • Robert Motherwell  "London Series II"
  • Robert Motherwell  "London Series II"
  • Robert Motherwell  "London Series II"
  • Robert Motherwell  "London Series II"
H 33 in. W 46 in. D 2 in.
Tricolor, Limited Edition Lithograph, Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
ROBERT MOTHERWELL (1915-1991) A leading exponent of American abstract expressionism, Robert Motherwell has served as a vital spokesman for the avant-garde of the mid-twentieth centur...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

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.
Robert Motherwell, "Chair" Lithograph in Colors
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
"Chair' was printed using three lithography stones and one aluminum plate on Rives BFK paper. The work was published by Erker-Presse with their blind stamp. It was an edition of 300 ...
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Vintage 1970s German Modern Contemporary Art

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Paper

1979 'Robert Motherwell & Black' Contemporary USA Etching
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 20 x 30 inches ( 50.8 x 76.2 cm ) Image Size: 9.75 x 23.5 inches ( 24.765 x 59.69 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Additional ...
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1970s Prints and Multiples

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Etching

Pair of Modernist Tapestries after Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of Modernist needlepoint tapestries after Robert Motherwell, circa 1970s. They have been framed in clean lined black lacquer wood frames.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Tapestries

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Wool, Wood

Vintage Robert Motherwell Anouncement Card, 1981 'Black'
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Robert Motherwell Announcement card: "Robert Motherwell & Black" M. Knoedler Gallery, New York, 1981 5.75 x 9 inches Very good condition Suitable for framing.    
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Vintage 1960s Decorative Art

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

Vintage Robert Motherwell Announcement, New York, 1981
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Robert Motherwell announcement card M. Knoedler Gallery, New York, 1981 Measure: 7.5 x 9 inches Very good condition Suitable for framing. About Robert Motherwell Alon...
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Vintage 1960s Expressionist Decorative Art

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Paper

Vintage Robert Motherwell Announcement Card, Color Intaglios
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Robert Motherwell Announcement Card Color Intaglios, 1986 5.75 x 9 inches Very Good condition Suitable for framing About Robert Motherwell Alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark...
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Vintage 1980s Decorative Art

1979 After Robert Motherwell 'Dance I' USA Etching
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 14 x 26.5 inches ( 35.56 x 67.31 cm ) Image Size: 14 x 26.5 inches ( 35.56 x 67.31 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Additional...
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1970s Prints and Multiples

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Etching

Robert Motherwell Tricolor 137 Original Lithograph Signed Numbered
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Buffalo, NY
Artist: Robert Motherwell Title: Tricolor 137 Year: 1973 Medium: Lithograph on Arches, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 125 aside from 15 artist's proofs 22 in. x 14 in. (55.88...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Mexican Night II, Robert Motherwell Etching and Aquatint
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Danvers, MA
Etching and aquatint limited edition print by celebrated abstract expressionist painter, Robert Motherwell. The piece features a palette of bright red and white with expressive, call...
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1980s Abstract Prints and Multiples

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Paper, Etching, Aquatint

"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

Robert Motherwell "Basque Suite No. 13" Screenprint, 1976
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 Abstract Prints

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Screen

Spoleto Festival, Signed, Numbered Silkscreen by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Robert Motherwell Title: Spoleto Festival Year: 1968 Medium: Screenprint on American Etching Paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 97/150 Size: 39 in. x 27 in. (...
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1960s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Screen

"Primal Sign V Copper" Aquatint and Etching by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
"Primal Sign V (Copper)" aquatint and etching from one zinc plate by Robert Motherwell (American. 1915-1991) Numbered 18/28 with 7 artist proofs in edition. Archival framed using mus...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Contemporary Art

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Paper

"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...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Found Objects, Archival Paper, Lithograph

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

Robert Motherwell Signed Catalogue with Lithograph- Selected Prints, 1961-1974
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
First edition from an edition of 4000, published by Brooke Alexander, 1975. Untitled 1974. Lithograph with collage printed on Rives B.F.K. parer 10 x 24 inches This rare catalogue...
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Vintage 1970s American Books

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Paper

La Casa de la Mancha, Robert Motherwell Etching and Aquatint
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Danvers, MA
"La Casa de la Mancha"  (The House in La Mancha) most likely refers to the Castilla-La Mancha region of central Spain, southeast of Madrid. Motherwell created this piece in 1984, lat...
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1980s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Paper, Etching, Aquatint

1991 After Robert Motherwell 'Mostly Mozart Festival' Expressionism Red USA
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 40.25 x 29 inches ( 102.235 x 73.66 cm ) Image Size: 26.5 x 22 inches ( 67.31 x 55.88 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Additional Details: First edition screenpri...
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1990s Prints and Multiples

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Screen

"Delta" Robert Motherwell Limited Edition Print in Black and Brown
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Danvers, MA
A limited edition print by celebrated American abstract expressionist, Robert Motherwell. This print features a deep, organic palette of rich black which seems to seep and spill acro...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Etching, Aquatint, Archival Paper

Robert Motherwell Signed Limited Edition Large Aquatint Etching Blackened Sun
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Studio City, CA
A breathtaking, large in scope and scale, rivetting work by American abstract expressionist painter, master printmaker Robert Motherwell (1915-1991). This aquatint/lift ground et...
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Vintage 1980s American Modern Contemporary Art

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Paper

Sirens II - 20th Century, Robert Motherwell, Figurative, Print, Expressionist
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Köln, DE
An aquatint etching out of 1988 in a very good condition and bright colours. Edition of 90, signed and numbered.
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Figurative Prints

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Aquatint

2020 After Robert Motherwell 'La Danse II' Modernism Spain Offset Lithograph
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 26.75 x 31.25 inches ( 67.945 x 79.375 cm ) Image Size: 24.25 x 30.75 inches ( 61.595 x 78.105 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling ...
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2010s Prints and Multiples

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Offset

After Robert Motherwell-Art Chicago-39.5" x 27.5"-Lithograph-1981
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Tyler Graphics Ltd. Image Copyright 1981 Robert Motherwell
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20th Century Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

After Robert Motherwell-Juilliard School Dedication-45" x 29.5"-Lithograph-1969
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Published in 1969 by the Lincoln Center to announce the opening of the Juillard School. About only 500 of these posters were printed according to the Lincoln Center Posters book, pa...
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20th Century Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

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

1979 After Robert Motherwell 'America Cup II (With Border)' Contemporary Offset
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 29.75 x 21.75 inches ( 75.565 x 55.245 cm ) Image Size: 20.25 x 13.5 inches ( 51.435 x 34.29 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling ...
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1970s Prints and Multiples

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Offset

Robert Motherwell Etching and Aquatint, Running Elegy ii, Blue State, 1983
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
Color etching and aquatint, 1983, on Hawthorne of Larrouque handmade paper, signed and numbered 1/10 in pencil, published by the artist and with his blind stamp, with full margins. F...
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Vintage 1980s American Modern Contemporary Art

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Paper

The Basque Suite: Untitled, Signed and Numbered Silkscreen by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
The Basque Suite: Untitled, 1971, signed and numbered 105/150 silkscreen by Robert Motherwell (American, 1915-1991).
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Contemporary Art

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Acrylic, Paper

"Primal Sign IV" Robert Motherwell Limited Edition Print in Black and Brown
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Danvers, MA
A limited edition print by celebrated American abstract expressionist, Robert Motherwell. This print features a palette of deep earth tones with Motherwell's signature expressiveness...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Archival Paper, Etching, Aquatint

Elegy Black Black, a beautiful lithography from Motherwell's elegy series
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
extract from the catalogue raisonné: CR 309 Signature:Signed “Motherwell” in pencil lower right Inscriptions:Numbered in pencil lower right; workshop chop mark lower right; workshop...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

"The Basque Suite: Untitled" Blue Limited Edition Motherwell Print
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Danvers, MA
Part of The Basque Suite series. Abstract print with shades of blue, black and white. Signed in lower right along with edition number "130/150".
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Screen

Conversation with Motherwell
By Robert McIntosh
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting a just discovered magnificent oil painting by American artist Robert McIntosh (1916-2002.) Conversation with Motherwell, Is a tribute to American artist Robert Motherwell...
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1940s Abstract Figurative Paintings

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Oil

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.
Black Open
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell Black Open 1985 Aquatint and line etching on Whatman paper 40.6 x 43.2 cms (16 x 17 ins) RM14234
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Aquatint

  • Black Open
  • Black Open
H 16.15 in. W 17.33 in.
Black Sounds
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell Black Sounds 1984 Lithograph, relief print, and collage 99.1 x 63.5 cms (39 x 25 ins) RM14197
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

"Redness of Red" Lithograph Screenprint Collage Contemporary Abstract Abex 1/100
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
"Redness of Red" Lithograph Screenprint Collage Contemporary Abstract Abex 1/100 Redness of Red by Robert Burns Motherwell (1915-1991) Lithograph Screenprint With Collage 1984, Edit...
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1980s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Paper, Lithograph, Screen

California
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) California 1959 Oil and charcoal on canvas 177.2 x 227.3 cms (69 3/4 x 89 1/2 ins) Provenance: Sidney Janis Gallery, New York Collection of William Ru...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Oil

California
H 69.69 in. W 89.38 in.
Untitled/Yellow
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
Created in 1971 as a screenprint on J.B. Green mould-made paper, Robert Motherwell's Untitled (Yellow from London Series I) is hand-signed and numbered in pencil. Measuring 40 3/4 x ...
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20th Century Abstract Abstract Prints

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Screen

Open #125: Jeannie
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell Open #125: Jeannie 1969 Acrylic and charcoal on canvasboard 76.2 x 50.8 cms (30 x 20 ins) RM9796 P532 The title of this painting refers to Motherwell's elder daugh...
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2010s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Greenwich Arts Council
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph, exhibition poster on heavy cream Strathmore paper by American artist Robert Motherwell (1915-1992) titled "Greenwich Arts Council", 1976. Limited edition: 700...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Automatism No. 11
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell Automatism No. 11 1965 Ink and oil on paper 67.3 x 61.6 cms (26 1/2 x 24 1/4 ins) Part of the Beside the Sea series, a series of oil paintings influenced by Mother...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Oil

Black Cathedral
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell Black Cathedral 1991 Lithograph on white Tyler Graphics Ltd. (TGL) handmade paper, Edition of 40 170.2 x 119.4 cms (67 x 64 ins) RM17876 Siri Engberg and Joan Bana...
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

Materials

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

Untitled/Red
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
Created in 1971 as a screenprint on J.B. Green mould-made paper, Robert Motherwell's Untitled (Red from London Series I) is hand-signed and numbered in pencil. Measuring 40 3/4 x 28 ...
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20th Century Abstract Abstract Prints

Materials

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.
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...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Color, Screen

The Aberdeen Stone
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 40 1/4 x 27 5/8 inches Frame dimensions: 48 1/2 x 36 1/8 inches Printer and publisher: ULAE, West Islip, New York Catalogue raisonné: Engberg & Banach 101 Edition size: ...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Summertime in Italy (with Lines)
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
24.25 x 17 ins (61.6 x 43.2 cms) Edition of 100 Signature Signed "Motherwell" in pencil lower right Publisher Hollander Workshop, New York Printer Irwin Hollander, Hollander Wo...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

Materials

Color, Lithograph

Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Lithograph and chine colle 73.9 x 56.9 cms (29.1 x 22.4 ins) Edition of 19
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

  • Untitled
  • Untitled
H 29.1 in. W 22.4 in.
Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Brushed aquatint, lift-ground etching and aquatint on German Etching paper 71.8 x 56.5 cms (28 1/4 x 22 1/4 ins) Edition of 32
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

Materials

Etching, Aquatint

  • Untitled
  • Untitled
H 28.25 in. W 22.25 in.
  • 1

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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.