ROBERT MOTHERWELL 1973 Tricolor Original Mourlot Lithograph


This is a Robert Motherwell original lithograph titled “Tricolor 137”.


This is a Robert Motherwell original lithograph titled “Tricolor 137″.

Printed in Mourlot, Paris in 1973. Published by XXieme siecle, this is an unnumbered edition of 1500.

Signed in the plate. Measures 14.5″ x 10.5”. Bright and fresh with rich colors on wove paper.

In excellent condition. Comes with a certificate of authenticity.

This piece retails at fine galleries for $400 and up.


The name of painter, printmaker and writer Robert Motherwell is often taken as synonymous with the New York School, whose name he coined. Motherwell was the youngest of this group of Abstract Expressionists working in art, dance, poetry and music in 1950s and ’60s New York City, which included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston and Mark Rothko.

Born in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1915, Motherwell had perhaps the broadest and best education of any of the New York School coterie, with an extensive background in philosophy, literature and art history. He earned a BA in philosophy in 1937 from Stanford University and was working toward a PhD in the subject at Harvard when he interrupted his studies for a yearlong trip to Europe, where he fell in love with European modernism.

After returning, in 1940 he enrolled Columbia to study art history. It was there that he met a group of exiled Parisian Surrealists, and encounter that proved influential on his style. Motherwell began to integrate the idea of “automatism” — unmediated gestures that reflect deeper psychological impulses — into his work, pioneering a new form of Abstract Expressionism that came to characterize the New York School.

Throughout his career, Motherwell taught painting at Hunter College, in New York, and at Black Mountain College, in North Carolina, where his work influenced the likes of Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg and Kenneth Noland. His influence as one of the founding fathers of American Abstract Expressionism remains profound.


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