Siri Engberg and Joan Banach, Robert Motherwell: The Complete Prints 1940-1991: A Catalogue Raisonne, Hudson Hills, New York, 2003, Catalogue Reference 16, another impression reproduced in color page 77.
Invited by Samuel J. Wagstaff Jr., curator of paintings at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut to create a print for the portfolio Ten Works x Ten Painters. Motherwell based his contribution on a 1964 work titled Atheneum Collage.
In this composition the silhouetted paper fragment is positioned against a sheer background of intense color, which Motherwell felt would transpose well into the mixed-media format of a screenprint collage. This marks the debut of collage as an element in his print editions. The collage element is white paper printed with black ink, cut to resemble a torn sheet and adhered to a base sheet printed in ochre.
Collage would become a distinguishing feature of Motherwell’s graphic work, both as a method of composing and as a material element in the work itself.
This wonderful 1964 early Pop, Robert Motherwell Color Screenprint and collage is in excellent condition, the colors fresh. The Work is in excellent condition and has never been framed, matted or hinged.