ROBERT MOTHERWELL (1915-1991)
Spanish Elegy I
lithograph, on brown HMP handmade paper, 1975, signed in pencil, numbered 17/38 (there were also twelve artist's proofs in Roman numerals), published by Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Bedford Village, New York, with the publisher's and the artist's blindstamps
Sheet: 173⁄8 x 301⁄8 in. (441 x 765 mm.)
Estate of the artist
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1991
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Belknap 143; Engberg & Banach 174; Tyler 388
This print inaugurates Motherwell's use of the Elegy to the Spanish Republic motif in his print work. The composition echoes that of numerous small ink-and-brush drawings from the mid-1970s. Motherwell decided to withdraw the edition from distribution after it was printed; he then hand-painted a small number of impressions with acrylic paint.