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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 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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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

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

Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Robert Motherwell Untitled 1986 Colour lithograph and collage, on Guarro paper, Edtion of 100 55.9 x 37.8 cms (22 x 14 7/8 ins)
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

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

Composition XVII, from: Octavio Paz – Three Poems - ModernAmerican Abstract
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
ROBERT MOTHERWELL 1915-1991 Aberdeen, Washington 1915 - 1991 Provincetown, Massachusetts (American) Title: Composition XVII, from: Octavio Paz – Three Poems, 1987 Technique: Origin...
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1980s Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Composition XXV, from: Octavio Paz – Three Poems - Modern American Abstract Art
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
ROBERT MOTHERWELL 1915-1991 Aberdeen, Washington 1915 - 1991 Provincetown, Massachusetts (American) Title: Composition XXV, from: Octavio Paz – Three Poems, 1987 Technique: Origina...
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1980s Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Delos
By Robert Motherwell
Located in San Francisco, CA
Original lithograph in colors on TGL handmade paper. From the edition of 40 impression (plus proofs). Published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York; with publisher's sta...
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1990s Modern Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Beau Geste I
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Robert Motherwell Title: Beau Geste I Series: Beau Geste pour Lucrece Medium: Lithograph printed on Duchene Moutarde at Trestle Editions Printed by Trestle Editions, New York...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Robert Motherwell Original Lithograph Framed Signed Rare Colors NYC Carnegie
By Robert Motherwell
Located in Buffalo, NY
This artwork, titled "Carnegie Hall," from the suite New York, New York, 1982, is an original color lithograph with silkscreen and embossing by American artist Robert Motherwell (191...
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1980s Abstract Robert Motherwell Art

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Paper, Lithograph, Screen

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

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

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

Africa Suite: Africa 1
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

Rite of Passage III, Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
A rare archive proof, Rite of Passage, by Robert Motherwell, is an original lithograph with chine collé on handmade paper measuring 24 ½ x 34 in. (73.7 x 86.4 cm), unframed.
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

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

The Dalton Print, Robert Motherwell
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
Created as an original lithograph in 1979, The Dalton Print, by Robert Motherwell, is hand-signed by the artist in ink, and numbered, measuring 25¾ x 19¾ in. (65.4 x 50.2 cm), unfram...
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20th Century 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

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. From the unsigned li...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Untitled from Madrid Suite
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
Signed original lithograph from" Madrid Suite" (1965-66) by Robert Motherwell (1915 - 1991). From a portfolio of ten lithographs. Image size 20 x 25 3/4 inches, sheet: 22 1/4 x 30 1...
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1960s Contemporary Robert Motherwell Art

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Paper

Lyric Suite: Liberté Toute Entière No. 3
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Black ink with orange bleed on rice paper 22.9 x 27.9 cms (9 x 11 ins)
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20th Century Robert Motherwell Art

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Ink

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Rice Paper, Lithograph

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

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Aquatint

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
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

The Berggruen Series: Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
40 x 42.2 cms (15 3/4 x 16 5/8 ins) Signature: Signed "Motherwell" in pencil lower right Inscriptions: Numbered in pencil lower right Edition: 100
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

The Berggruen Series: Untitled
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
40 x 42.2 cms (15 3/4 x 16 5/8 ins) Edition of 100 Paper: white Arches Cover paper Signature: Signed "Motherwell" in pencil upper left Inscriptions: Numbered in pencil upper le...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Octavio Paz Suite: Nocturne III
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...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Color, Lithograph

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Color, Screen

Elegy Study
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Lithograph on Twinrocker handmade paper 1979 64.1 x 95.3 cm (25 1/4 x 37 1/2 inches)
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1970s Abstract Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

'Untitled, from New York International' Limited Edition Signed Abstract Print
By Robert Motherwell
Located in San Rafael, CA
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) Untitled, from New York International, 1966 Lithograph on Rives BFK paper Edition 50/225 (there were also 25 artist's proofs) Signed and numbered in pen...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Untitled from Madrid Suite
By Robert Motherwell
Located in New York, NY
Signed original lithograph from" Madrid Suite" (1965-66) by Robert Motherwell (1915 - 1991). From a portfolio of ten lithographs. Image size 20 x 25 3/4 inches, sheet: 22 1/4 x 30 1...
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1960s Contemporary Robert Motherwell Art

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Paper

The Robinson Jeffers Print
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
The Robinson Jeffers Print, 1981 lithograph on natural Kitakata handmade paper 11 5/8 x 9 5/8 in. (29.5 x 24.5 cm) Signature:Signed "Motherwell" in pencil lower right Inscriptions:Nu...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

Stephen's Iron Crown Etched
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Aquatint, lift-ground etching and aquatint on German Etching paper Edition of 66 64.1 x 71.8 cms (25.25 x 28.25 ins)
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell Art

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Etching, Aquatint

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Lithograph

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

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Lithograph

Robert Motherwell "American La-France Variations IX" Lithograph, 1984
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

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

Lyric Suite (Brown No. 4)
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Ink on rice paper 27.9 x 22.9 cms (11 x 9 ins)
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20th Century Robert Motherwell Art

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Ink

Red, White and Blue No. 1
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Acrylic and pasted paper on paper 21.6 x 17.8 cms (8 1/2 x 7 ins)
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20th Century Robert Motherwell Art

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Paper, Acrylic

Lyric Suite
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Ink on rice paper 27.9 x 22.9 cms (11 x 9 ins)
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20th Century Robert Motherwell Art

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Ink

Lyric Suite
By Robert Motherwell
Located in London, GB
Ink on rice paper 27.9 x 22.9 cms (11 x 9 ins)
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20th Century Robert Motherwell Art

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Ink

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 Robert Motherwell Art

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Ink

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