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Robert Motherwell Art

American, 1915-1991
American, 1915-1991

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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Artist: Robert Motherwell
St. Michael III
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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1970s Abstract Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Tricolor with Dollar - Original lithograph (Mourlot 1973)
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Paris, FR
Robert MOTHERWELL Tricolor with Dollar, 1973 Original lithograph (Printed in Mourlot workshop) Printed signature in the plate On heavy paper 31 x 24 cm (c. 12 x 10 inch) Edited by ...
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1970s American Modern Robert Motherwell Art

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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 Robert Motherwell Art

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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. 57 x 66 cm. Edition of 90, signed and numbered.
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Aquatint

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Black with No Way Out
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
15 x 38 ins (38.1 x 96.5 cms) Edition of 98 Signature:Signed "Motherwell" in pencil lower right Inscriptions:Numbered in pencil lower right; workshop chop mark lower right; work...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Color, Lithograph

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Aquatint

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

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

Gesture I (State I)
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Aquatint, lift-ground etching and aquatint on J.B. Green paper 89.5 x 66.7 cms (35 1/4 x 26 1/4 ins) Edition of 75
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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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

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

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

Summer Light Series: Pauillac, No.2
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell Summer Light Series: Pauillac, No.2 1973 Lithograph, screenprint, pochoir, and collage, Edition of 55 91.4 x 45.7 cms (36 x 18 ins) RM12795
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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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 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 with aquatint on German Etching paper by American artist Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) titled "Signs on Copper", 1981. Hand pencil signed and n...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Composition XXV (Octavio Paz Suite - Three Poems)
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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

No. 25 from Three Poems, collaboration with Octavio Paz
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Robert Motherwell, American (1915 - 1991) Title: No. 25 from Three Poems, collaboration with Octavio Paz Year: 1987 Medium: Lithograph on Japon with Chine Colle Edition Size:...
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1980s Modern Robert Motherwell Art

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Rice Paper, Lithograph

In Celebration
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 Robert Motherwell Art

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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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Screen

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

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 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

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Color, Screen

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

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

No. 17 from Three Poems, Framed Lithograph by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Robert Motherwell, American (1915 - 1991) Title: No. 17 from Three Poems, collaboration with Octavio Paz Year: 1987 Medium: Lithograph on Japon with Chine Colle Edition: 750 ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Rice Paper, Lithograph

No. 7 from Three Poems, Framed Lithograph by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Robert Motherwell, American (1915 - 1991) Title: No. 7 from Three Poems, collaboration with Octavio Paz Year: 1987 Medium: Lithograph on Japon with Chine Colle Edition: 750 I...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Rice Paper, Lithograph

Green Gauloises
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Acrylic, graphite and printed paper collage on board 42.6 x 36.8 cms (16 3/4 x 14 1/2 ins) This is the only collage in which Motherwell used a green package from Gauloises Caporal D...
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Mixed Media

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Chair, Lithograph by Robert Motherwell 1972
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Robert Motherwell Title: Chair Year: 1972 Medium: Lithograph on Rives BFK, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 17/300 Paper Size: 38.5 x 28 in. (97.79 x 71.12 cm) Printed...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Screen

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph, Mixed Media

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Color, Etching, Aquatint

Red Sea III
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Red Sea III is a 1983 aquatint and etching by Robert Motherwell. Red Sea is III is from an edition of 70 plus artist and printers proofs. Red Sea III is signed by Motherwell.
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1980s Abstract Robert Motherwell Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Gesture I (State I)
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Aquatint, lift-ground etching and aquatint on J.B. Green paper 89.5 x 66.7 cms (35 1/4 x 26 1/4 ins) Edition of 75
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Color, Lithograph

No. 4 from Three Poems, Framed Lithograph by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Robert Motherwell, American (1915 - 1991) Title: No. 4 from Three Poems, collaboration with Octavio Paz Year: 1987 Medium: Lithograph on Japon with Chine Colle Edition: 750 I...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Rice 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: ...
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph, Screen

"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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Paper, Lithograph, Screen

Peace Portfolio
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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1970s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Irish Book
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Acrylic and pasted papers on canvas mounted on board 50.8 x 40.6 cms (20 x 16 ins) This collage includes a fragment of a 1985 print, Burning Sun. Although Motherwell signed and dat...
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Canvas, Paper, Acrylic

Paris Suite 2 (Summer)
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell Paris Suite II (Summer) 1980 Lithograph on J.B. Green handmade paper, Edition of 60 49.2 x 41 cms (19 1/2 x 16 ins) RM17034 CR 265 Signature:Signed "RM" in pencil...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Game of Chance
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
88.3 x 69.9 cms (34.7 x 27.51 ins) Edition of 100
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Mixed Media, Color, Aquatint, Lithograph

London Series II: Untitled (Yellow/Pink) by Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Long Island City, NY
London Series II: Untitled (Yellow/Pink) by Robert Motherwell, American (1915–1991) Date: 1971 Screenprint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition of 67/150 Size: 28.25 x 41 in. (71.7...
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1970s Minimalist Robert Motherwell Art

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Screen

Octavio Paz Suite: Red Samurai
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Lithograph, linoleum block print, and chine appliqué, Edition of 50 CR 435 Paper:Arches paper; Japanese Masa Dosa handmade paper Production Sequence:4 colors (including 1 colored pap...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Fantasia III
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Acrylic and pasted papers on paper 57.2 x 45.1 cms (22 1/2 x 17 3/4 ins) This collage incorporates sheet music from Mozart's Rondo in D, for piano and from the Prelude for Mozart's ...
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Paper, Acrylic

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph, Screen

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

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Color, Lithograph

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Mediterranean Light
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
1991 Lithograph in colors, on white TGL handmade paper Sheet: 32 2/5 x 76 inches Edition of 40 Signed and numbered in pencil Framed, mint condition
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

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