Robert MOTHERWELL, Blue elegy Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1915 – 1991

Blue elegy 1987 Title Notes: 012-000
Place made: Mount Kisco, Westchester county, New York state, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, relief, planographic colour relief, lithograph printed from one etched magnesium plate and three aluminium plates; hand dyed paper Support: white, wove, handmade, hand-coloured, TGL paper
Impression: artist's proof VIII/XII
Edition: edition of 30: plus 12 artist's proofs; 2 trial proofs; colour trial proof; right to print; printer's proof I; printer's proof II; archive copy
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd
Place Published: Mount Kisco, New York
Date Published: 1987

Edition Notes: A 12 colour, pressed paper pulp, relief, lithograph printed from one magnesium plate and three aluminium plates with one paper pressing. Six dye colours were used to colour newly made white pulp base sheet: yellow-ochre, light turquoise blue, dark turquoise blue, light blue-grey, dark blue-grey and white. After coloured paper was pressed and dried, blue (relief, magnesium plate), transparent magenta and transparent blue (lithograph, aluminium plate) magenta and blue (lithograph, aluminium plate) and transparent violet (lithograph, aluminium plate) were printed.Papermaking by Steve Reeves and Tom Strianese. Proofing and edition printing of magnesium plate by Reeves and Strianese. Proofing and edition printing of aluminium plates by Roger Campbell and Lee Funderburg.
Primary Insc: signed, lower right, in pencil, 'R. Motherwell [underlined]'
Secondary Insc: inscribed, lower right, in pencil, 'ap VIII'
Tertiary Insc: embossed, lower right corner, Tyler Graphics Ltd. chop verso: inscribed, lower left corner, in pencil, RM83-687'
Dimensions: image and sheet 103.8 h x 147.0 w cm internal 1300 h x 1750 w mm Framed 1342 h x 1792 w mm
Cat Raisonné: Terenzio (1991), 347; Engberg/Banach (2003), 379
Acknowledgement: Purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.99.1
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