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Robert Motherwell Art

Robert Motherwell (USA, 1915–91)
Robert Motherwell (USA, 1915–91)

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.

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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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1980s American Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell Art

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Paper

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. ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Handmade Paper, Lithograph, Linocut

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Untitled, from: 12th Anniversary Galeria Joan Prats 1976-88 Portfolio
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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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Octavio Paz Suite: Nocturne VI
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
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...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Handmade Paper, Color, Lithograph

Octavio Paz Suite: Nocturne VIII
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Lithograph and chine appliqué 64.5 x 54 cms (25 3/8 x 21 1/4 ins) Edition of 50 Paper: Arches paper; Japanese Gampi handmade paper Other Collaborators: Image transferred from Mylar...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Handmade Paper, Color, Lithograph

Octavio Paz Suite: Nocturne VII
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Lithograph and chine appliqué 64.5 x 54 cms (25 3/8 x 21 1/4 ins) Edition of 50 Paper: Arches paper; Japanese Gampi handmade paper Other Collaborators: Image transferred from Mylar ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Handmade Paper, Color, Lithograph

Octavio Paz Suite: Nocturne IV
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Lithograph and chine appliqué 64.5 x 54 cms (25 3/8 x 21 1/4 ins) Edition of 50 Paper: Arches paper; Japanese Gampi handmade paper Other Collaborators: Image transferred from Mylar...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Color, Lithograph

Octavio Paz Suite: Return
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Edition of 50 71.8 x 49.2 cms (28 1/4 x 19 2/5 ins)
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Handmade Paper, Lithograph

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Aquatint

Dance I
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Exhibition poster for Robert Motherwell: Prints 1977-1979 held at Brooke Alexander, Inc. May-June 1979. Etching on thick paper.
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1970s Abstract Robert Motherwell Art

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Etching

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Offset

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Samurai (Octavio Paz Suite)
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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

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.
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Etching, Aquatint

American La-France Variations IX
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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Robert Motherwell Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper Title: Untitled Year: 1972 Edition: Proof Framed Size: 21" x 28" Sheet Size: 17 3/4" x 25" Reference: Belknap 80 Signed: ...
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1970s Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Africa Suite #7
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
Bold color screenprint, in Motherwell's iconic minimalist style. Initialed and numbered 93/150 in pencil by the artist. Artist blind stamp also included in the lower right margin and...
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1970s Abstract Robert Motherwell Art

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Screen

Gauloises on Grey No. 29 by ROBERT MOTHERWELL - Collage, Acrylic, Contemporary
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Gauloises on Grey No. 29 by ROBERT MOTHERWELL (1915-1991) Acrylic with paper collage on Upson board 59.7 x 24.8 cm (23 ½ x 9 ¾ inches) Signed lower right, RM Executed in 1972 Prove...
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1970s American Modern Robert Motherwell Art

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Mixed Media, Acrylic

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Color, Lithograph

Bastos
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Edition of 49 plus 12 artist's proofs 158.4 x 101.6 cms (62.4 x 40 ins) Published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Wave
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
Large, vibrant color lithograph by Abstract Expressionist artist Robert Motherwell from a limited edition of 92. Signed by Motherwell and numbered in pencil. Printed and published ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Offset

Untitled, Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
Created by the artist in 1975, Robert Motherwell’s, Untitled is an exceptional etching and aquatint, hand-signed in pencil, and numbered, measuring 30 x 22 in. (76.2 x 60 cm), unfram...
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20th Century Robert Motherwell Art

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Etching, Aquatint

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Screen

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...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Aquatint

Summertime In Italy 'With Blue' Lithograph by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
"Summertime in Italy with Blue" a lithograph by Robert Motherwell. Signed and blind stamped. 65/100 from edition of 100 with artist proofs. Newly framed in archival materials, circa ...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell Art

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Paper

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Etching, Aquatint

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Etching

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Offset

On the Wing
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
46.75 x 30.5 ins (118.7 x 77.5 cms) Edition of 70 Signed in pencil lower right. Numbered in pencil lower right; workshop chop mark lower right; workshop number "RM83-718" in pe...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Mixed Media, Color, Lithograph

Perpetual Summer
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
60 x 42.9 cms ( 23.62 x 16.89 ins) Edition of 26 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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Color, Etching, Aquatint

Paroles peintes III: Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Open-bite etching printed in dark, brownish black on fibrous Japan paper 38 x 28 cms (14 7/8 x 11 1/8 ins) Edition of 200 in three numbered segments
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Etching

Red Sea I
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
105.4 x 74 cms (41 1/2 x 29 1/8 ins) Edition of 100 Paper: Arches Cover Signature: Signed "Motherwell" in pencil lower right Inscriptions: Numbered in pencil lower right; artis...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Color, Etching, Aquatint

THE ROBINSON JEFFERS PRINT
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Edition of 100 29.5 x 24.4 cms (11 5/8 x 9 5/8 ins) THE ROBINSON JEFFERS PRINT (B. 250; E./B. 283) Lithograph, 1981, on Kitikata handmade paper, 1981, signed and numbered /100 in pen...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

David Smith, Robert Motherwell Catalog with Installation Photographs
By Robert Motherwell, David Smith
Located in New York, NY
Catalog of a David Smith and Robert Motherwell exhibition held at the Museo De Arte Contemporaneo De Caracas in 1979. With an introduction by doré Ashton. 32 pages with color and bla...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell Art

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Paper

Untitled (#19)
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell Untitled (#19) 1976 Etching ink on paper 64.8 x 49.5 cms (25 1/2 x 19 1/2 ins) RM17068
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Monotype

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Etching, Aquatint

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell Untitled (State I) 1977 Lithograph and chine collé, Edition of 20 46 x 58.7 cms (18.1 x 23.1 ins) RM12854
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell Untitled (State I) 1977 Lithograph and chine collé, Edition of 20 46 x 58.7 cms (18.1 x 23.1 ins) RM12854
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Paper, Ink, Aquatint

Art 1981 Chicago, large lithograph
By Robert Motherwell
Located in San Francisco, CA
This artwork, titled "Art 1981 Chicago " 1981, is a large original color lithograph by American artist Robert Motherwell (1915-1991). It is hand signed and numbered 142/150 in pencil...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Signs on Copper
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed lift-ground etching and aquatint on German Etching paper by American artist Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) titled "Signs on Copper", 1981. Hand pencil signed and nu...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Etching, Aquatint

"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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Archival Paper, Etching, Aquatint

"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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Etching, Aquatint, Archival 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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Found Objects, Archival Paper, Lithograph

Africa Suite: Africa 7
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
The original studies from the 'Africa Suite' were a group of ten works selected from a series of ink-on-paper drawings from the same year. The large automatic brush drawings were rew...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Screen

Africa Suite: Africa 9
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
The original studies from the 'Africa Suite' were a group of ten works selected from a series of ink-on-paper drawings from the same year. The large automatic brush drawings were rew...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Screen

Africa Suite: Africa 6
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
The original studies from the 'Africa Suite' were a group of ten works selected from a series of ink-on-paper drawings from the same year. The large automatic brush drawings were rew...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Screen

Africa Suite: Africa 10
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
The original studies from the 'Africa Suite' were a group of ten works selected from a series of ink-on-paper drawings from the same year. The large automatic brush drawings were rew...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Screen

Africa Suite: Africa 8
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
The original studies from the 'Africa Suite' were a group of ten works selected from a series of ink-on-paper drawings from the same year. The large automatic brush drawings were rew...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Screen

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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell Art

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Paper

"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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Paper

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Paper

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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1970s American Vintage Robert Motherwell Art

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Paper

Dance I, Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
This rare lift-ground etching and aquatint is part of the "Dance" series of three prints by Robert Motherwell. The artist’s attention to detail is apparent in Dance I.  This print is...
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Robert Motherwell, West Islip, Lithograph with Hand Painting, 1970
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Stamford, CT
Robert Motherwell, (1915-1991) West Islip, 1970 Lithograph with hand painted acrylic on Rives BFK paper, signed in pencil and numbered 10/20 there were also 2 artist's proofs, with...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Robert Motherwell Art

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Paper

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