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Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Robert Motherwell: Elegy, Open and Collage


Robert Motherwell: Elegy, Open and Collage

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Throughout his long and distinguished career, Robert Motherwell produced a remarkable body of work that ranks among the most notable achievements in post-war American art. In addition to creating his celebrated paintings, drawings and collages, Motherwell was a renowned and innovative printmaker, producing more than 500 works.
Elegies, motifs from the open series, gestural prints and collages show the wide range of Motherwell’s art and the creativity in his printmaking which make him one of the most prolific and adventurous printmakers of his time.

Image: Robert Motherwell, Black with No Way Out, 1983


If an artist is really good, he adapts to the particular quality that an etching can do that nothing else can do. Or, a certain other quality that a Bavarian limestone in lithography has that nothing else has, including the best painting in the world. It's something abnormal sensitivity to the quality of the medium.

-Robert Motherwell, 1984

1 BERNARD JACOBSON Untitled 118 - Bernar

​Robert Motherwell

Black with No Way Out, 1983

Lithograph on white Tyler Graphics Ltd. (TGL) handmade paper

Edition of 98

38.1 x 95.5 cms (15 x 38 ins)


Robert Motherwell

 Game of Chance 1987

Aquatint, lithograph and collage on paper

Edition of 100

88.3 x 69.9 cms (34 3/4 x 27 1/.2 ins)


2 BERNARD JACOBSON Untitled 121 - Bernar

Ken Tyler with Robert Motherwell working on "Lament for Lorca", Image: Kenneth Tyler Collection, National Gallery of Australia

3 BERNARD JACOBSON Untitled 113 - Bernar

Robert Motherwell

Red Sea I, 1976

Colour etching and aquatint on Arches

Edition of 100
105.4 x 74 cms (41 1/2 x 29 1/8 ins)


Robert Motherwell

 Untitled, 1975

Aquatint, lift-ground etching and aquatint, and soft-ground etching on buff Arches Cover paper

75.9 x 56.8 cms (29 7/8 x 22 3/8 ins)


4 BERNARD JACOBSON Untitled 112 - Bernar
5 BERNARD JACOBSON Untitled 114 - Bernar

Robert Motherwell

Africa Suite: Africa 1, 1970

Screenprint on J.B.Green paper

103.5 x 71.8 cms (40.75 x 28.25 ins)



Robert Motherwell " A survey of prints", exhibition at Bernard Jacobson Gallery 2020

Robert Motherwell

 Gesture III, 1977

Brushed aquatint, lift-ground etching and aquatint on J.B. Green paper

Edition of 75

88.9 x 66.7 cms (35 x 26.3 ins)


6 BERNARD JACOBSON Untitled 115 - Bernar
7 BERNARD JACOBSON Untitled 119 - Bernar

Robert Motherwell 

The Wave, 1978

Soft-ground etching and chine collé

Edition of 60

78.1 x 65.4 cms (30.75 x 25.75 ins)



Robert Motherwell " A survey of prints", exhibition at Bernard Jacobson Gallery 2020

Robert Motherwell

Untitled, 1978

Lithograph and chine collé

Edition of 24

73.7 x 64.8 cms (29 x 25 1/2 ins)


8 BERNARD JACOBSON Untitled 116 - Bernar
9 BERNARD JACOBSON Untitled 117 - Bernar

Robert Motherwell

Summer Sign, 1990

Carborundum on Whatman paper

Edition of 38

84.1 x 78.7 cms (33 1/8 x 31 ins)


Robert Motherwell

In White with Green Stripe, 1987

 Lithograph, relief print, embossing and collage

Edition of 75

86.4 x 61 cms (34 x 24 ins)


10 BERNARD JACOBSON Untitled 120 - Berna

Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell was a major figure in the birth and development of Abstract Expressionism and the youngest member of the 'New York School', a term he coined, becoming very close to Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. His career spanned five decades during which time he created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. A passionate advocate and articulate spokesman for Abstract Expressionism, he believed that ideas and emotions were best communicated through the bold forms and gestural lines of abstract art. He studied philosophy at Stanford University, art history at Columbia University under Meyer Shapiro, and obtained a doctorate from Harvard. His major series include the infamous Elegies to the Spanish Republic, the Beside the Sea series, the Lyric Suite, and the Open series. He has exhibited worldwide, and his work can be found in the collections of major art institutions including the Tate Gallery, London; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and MOMA, New York; Paul J Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.

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