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Robert Motherwell
Hades

1988

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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 definitive state, from the edition of 40 (there were 15 additional proofs of various types, for an overall edition of 55), numbered in pencil in the margin also lower right.  One of 22 etchings created by the artist to illustrate the James Joyce book Ulysses, this etching from the separate images only album of the same title.  Published by Arion Press, San Francisco; printed by Robert Townsend at R.E. Townsend, Georgetown, Massachusetts. Catalog: Engberg/Banach 453; Belknap 391. 4 3/8 x 6 1/8 inches Sheet Size: 13 x 10 inches In excellent condition, printed on a sheet with full margins.

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  • Dimensions
    H 13 in. x W 10 in.H 33.02 cm x W 25.4 cm
  • Gallery Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU91797643
  • Seller Reference Number
    26695
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About Robert Motherwell (Artist)

The name of painter, printmaker and writer Robert Motherwell is often taken as synonymous with the New York School, whose name he coined. Motherwell was the youngest of this group of Abstract Expressionists working in art, dance, poetry and music in 1950s and '60s New York City, which included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston and Mark Rothko.


Born in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1915, Motherwell had perhaps the broadest and best education of any of the New York School coterie, with an extensive background in philosophy, literature and art history. He earned a BA in philosophy in 1937 from Stanford University and was working toward a PhD in the subject at Harvard when he interrupted his studies for a yearlong trip to Europe, where he fell in love with European modernism.


After returning, in 1940 he enrolled Columbia to study art history. It was there that he met a group of exiled Parisian Surrealists, and encounter that proved influential on his style. Motherwell began to integrate the idea of “automatism” — unmediated gestures that reflect deeper psychological impulses — into his work, pioneering a new form of Abstract Expressionism that came to characterize the New York School.


Works like the 1967 Beside the Sea no. 45 , an acrylic on canvas, and the 1966 lithograph New York International epitomize Motherwell’s use of simple shapes in boldly contrasting colors, executed in quick, gestural strokes that occasionally evoke figures, suggesting a latent narrative despite their obvious abstraction.


Throughout his career, Motherwell taught painting at Hunter College, in New York, and at Black Mountain College, in North Carolina, where his work influenced the likes of Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg and Kenneth Noland. His influence as one of the founding fathers of American Abstract Expressionism remains profound.

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