ROBERT MOTHERWELL "PAUILLAC #1", 1973
ROBERT MOTHERWELL "PAUILLAC #1", 1973
ROBERT MOTHERWELL "PAUILLAC #1", 1973
ROBERT MOTHERWELL "PAUILLAC #1", 1973
ROBERT MOTHERWELL "PAUILLAC #1", 1973
ROBERT MOTHERWELL "PAUILLAC #1", 1973
ROBERT MOTHERWELL "PAUILLAC #1", 1973
ROBERT MOTHERWELL "PAUILLAC #1", 1973
ROBERT MOTHERWELL "PAUILLAC #1", 1973
ROBERT MOTHERWELL "PAUILLAC #1", 1973
ROBERT MOTHERWELL "PAUILLAC #1", 1973

ROBERT MOTHERWELL "PAUILLAC #1", 1973

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While Motherwell is known as one of the most important and influential artists associated with Abstract Expressionism, he is also revered for his work and promotion of printmaking.

The inclusion of European cigarette graphics and labels from fine wines is one of the most distinctive aesthetic characteristics in his work. It also continues a tradition, established by Picasso and Braque during the heyday of Cubism, of incorporating the detritus of daily life and its simple pleasures. 

This work, the first from the "Summer Light Series" is arguably one of the best and most distinctive. While most of the work's siblings were realized in a bright tangerine with blue highlights, this work has a bleached mint background intersected with blocks or bands or mink, sky blue and of course black. Similar to the others, the Chateau Latour label that acts as the "heart" of the work. 

"Pauillac" and its siblings were some of the most elaborate prints that Motherwell created during his career. The work was realized using lithography, embossing, collage and mould-made paper.  

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"Summer Light Series: Pauillac, #1"

Lithograph and collage.  

USA, 1973

From an edition of 92

Printed at Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles 

36"H 23"W (work)

Very good condition.

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