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Robert Motherwell Redness of Red

Robert Motherwell Redness of Red is an original lithograph, screenprint, and collage work on Arches paper.  This print Redness of Red is signed with initials and numbered in the lower right. Published by Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Bedford Village, New York, with their blindstamp in the lower right.

Possessing perhaps the best and most extensive formal education of all the New York School painters, Robert Motherwell was well versed in literature, philosophy and the European modernist traditions. His paintings, prints and collages feature simple shapes, bold color contrasts and a dynamic balance between restrained and boldly gestural brushstrokes. They reflect not only a dialogue with art history, philosophy and contemporary art, but also a sincere and considered engagement with autobiographical content, contemporary events and the essential human conditions of life, death, oppression and revolution.

Motherwell was an accomplished writer and editor, as well as an eloquent speaker. Through his teaching, lectures and publications, he became an unofficial spokesman and interpreter for the Abstract Expressionist movement. There are several key themes define Motherwell’s work: the dialogue between repression and rebellion, between European modernism and a new American vision, and between formal and emotional approaches to art making. Motherwell was an accomplished printmaker and an avid collagist, and he often used these techniques to engage with and respond to the influences of European modernism.

Medium

Collage, Lithograph, Screenprint

Year

1985

Edition

100

Signature

Signed, numbered

Size 24 x 16 (in)
61 x 41 (cm)
Price Price on Request
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Robert Motherwell Redness of Red is an original lithograph, screenprint, and collage work on Arches paper.  This print Redness of Red is signed with initials and numbered in the lower right. Published by Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Bedford Village, New York, with their blindstamp in the lower right.

Possessing perhaps the best and most extensive formal education of all the New York School painters, Robert Motherwell was well versed in literature, philosophy and the European modernist traditions. His paintings, prints and collages feature simple shapes, bold color contrasts and a dynamic balance between restrained and boldly gestural brushstrokes. They reflect not only a dialogue with art history, philosophy and contemporary art, but also a sincere and considered engagement with autobiographical content, contemporary events and the essential human conditions of life, death, oppression and revolution.

Motherwell was an accomplished writer and editor, as well as an eloquent speaker. Through his teaching, lectures and publications, he became an unofficial spokesman and interpreter for the Abstract Expressionist movement. There are several key themes define Motherwell’s work: the dialogue between repression and rebellion, between European modernism and a new American vision, and between formal and emotional approaches to art making. Motherwell was an accomplished printmaker and an avid collagist, and he often used these techniques to engage with and respond to the influences of European modernism.

Motherwell’s first known works were composed during a 1941 trip to Mexico with the Surrealist painter Roberto Matta. These eleven pen and ink drawings, collectively called the “Mexican Sketchbook,” show the influence of Surrealism, yet they are essentially abstract in nature and balance formal composition with spontaneous invention. Motherwell’s career then received a jump-start in 1943 when Peggy Guggenheim offered him the opportunity to create new work for a show of collages by several European modernists. He took to collage immediately and would continue to utilize the technique throughout his career. The pieces included in the show featured a mixture of torn paper, expressively applied paint, and violent themes relating to the Second World War. The show proved successful for Motherwell, and it was followed by a solo exhibition at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century Gallery in New York in 1944, and a contract with the dealer Sam Kootz in 1945.

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Medium

Collage, Lithograph, Screenprint

Year

1985

Edition

100

Signature

Signed, numbered

Size 24 x 16 (in)
61 x 41 (cm)
Price Price on Request