ROBERT MOTHERWELL (1915-1991)
lithograph, on Suzuki handmade paper, 1971, signed and annotated 'proof A' in pencil (the edition was sixteen inscribed 'Proof A' - 'Proof P'), published by Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York, with their blindstamp
Sheet: 733⁄8 x 371⁄4 in. (1864 x 946 mm.)
Estate of the artist
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1991
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Belknap 75; Engberg & Banach 104
The Samurai image was composed as a brush drawing. The technique is comparable to that used by calligraphers to arrive at a simulation of form. Printed on large sheets of rice paper cut from a roll, the image registered differently each time as if it was monoprinted. Motherwell's interest in calligraphy focused on the brush as a medium in itself, with an almost limitless range of stylistic expressiveness.