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Robert Motherwell Untitled Collage

Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell

Untitled (Belknap 5, Engberg and Banach 16), 1964
Color Screenprint and Collage on Mohawk Superfine Cover paper
Image: 22 x 16 inches
Paper: 24 x 20 inches
Edition of 500
Unsigned and unnumbered as published
Ives-Sillman Blindstamp lower right
The collage element is a piece of hand-torn white Arches paper
Printed by Sirocco Screenprinters, North Haven, Connecticut under the direction of Ives Sillman
Publisher The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
This print is based on the original collage Atheneum Collage, 1964.

Dorothy Belknap and Stephanie Terenzio, The Prints of Robert Motherwell: Catalogue Raisonne 1943-1990, Rizzoli, New York, 1991, Catalogue Reference 5, another impression reproduced page 159.


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.

Conditon Pristine the colors fresh, the margins full; never hinged, framed or matted.

Robert Motherwell Collage

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.