Robert MOTHERWELL, Blue elegy Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1915 – 1991

Blue elegy 1987 Place made: Mount Kisco, Westchester county, New York state, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, relief, planographic, paperwork colour relief, lithograph, paper pulp printed from one magnesium plate and three aluminium plates with one paper pressing; hand dyed paper Support: white, wove, handmade, handcoloured, TGL paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Impression: trial proof II
Edition: edition of 30: plus 12AP; 2TP; CTP; RTP; PPI; PPII; A
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Mount Kisco, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1987

Edition Notes: A 12 colour, coloured pressed paper pulp, relief, lithograph printed from one magnesium plate and three aluminium plates with one paper pressing. First, six dye colours were used to colour a newly made white pulp base sheet: yellow-ochre, light turquoise blue, dark turquoise blue, light blue-grey, dark blue-grey and white. After the coloured paper was pressed and dried, it was printed in the following order: blue (relief, magnesium plate); transparent magenta and transparent blue (lithograph, aluminium plate); magenta and blue (lithograph, aluminium plate); transparent violet (lithograph, aluminium plate). Papermaking by Steve Reeves and Tom Strianese. Magnesium plate preparation by Kenneth Tyler, with processing by Swan Engraving. Proofing and edition printing by Reeves and Strianese. Prep work for continuous tone lithography by Tyler. Aluminium plate preparation by Lee Funderburg, proofing and edition printing by Roger Campbell and Funderburg.
Primary Insc: signed lower right, pencil "R.Motherwell". not dated
Secondary Insc: inscribed lower right, pencil "trial proof II"
Tertiary Insc: embossed lower right corner, TGL chop [hexagon] verso: inscribed lower left corner, pencil "RM83-687" inscribed lower right corner, pencil "x"
Dimensions: comp 103.2 h x 140.3 w cm sheet 104.8 h x 146.6 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Terenzio (1991), 347; TGL print documentation, 1987.
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.99.3
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