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Robert Motherwell (American, 1915–1991)
LOT ID: 77558
America-La France (Variation IX), 1983

Lithograph, Collage elements on Oatmeal Australian Bemboka handmade paper
28.5 х 21.75 х 29.75 in. (72.39 x 55.24 x 75.56 cm.)
Signed, and numbered lower margin in pencil
Print/Casting Year 1983
Edition 60
Foundry/Publisher Tyler Graphics, Mount Kisco, NY
Lot description
Sheet: 28 1/2" x 21 3/4" (72.4 x 55.2 cm)
Frame: 36 3/4" x 29 3/4" (93.3 x 75.6 cm)

This is an original, early, lithographic work with hand applied collage by world renowned Abstract Expressionst artist Robert Motherwell entitled 'America-La France Variations IX' from 1983-84. The piece is hand signed and numbered in pencil by the artist being from the very small edition of only 60 on Oatmeal Australian Bemboka handmade paper. The art is beautifully framed in a heavy duty, contemporary matte black gessoed frame, recessed and floating on oyster linen matting. The framed size measures: 36 3/4 x 29 3/4 in (93.3 x 75.6 cm) with both the art and frame being in mint condition. All framing materials used are of archival quality and are 100% acid free including U.V. protective plexi-glas.

This work is catalogued in The Prints of Robert Motherwell by Belknap on page 268 under the reference (B.305)

Unlike other New York School Abstract Expressionists, Robert Motherwell (1915-1999) was inspired by the Cubists' work with collage, and also the ideas of Duchamp, elevating common objects to the highest works of art. While working in the studio he would free-associate by shifting collage materials around to get the right balance within a composition. With his art, Motherwell’s goal was to conduct a physical and mental interaction between viewer and canvas, engaging them with the intellectual investigations found within. By exploring a deeper sense of reality beyond the recognizable image, Motherwell broke with traditional conventions of art, provoking criticism and controversy along with other Abstract Expressionists such as Williem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Franz Kline.

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America-La France (Variation IX) by Robert Motherwell
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