Robert MOTHERWELL, Through black emerged purified Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1915 – 1991

Through black emerged purified 1982-83
Collection Title: an 'El Negro' portfolio 1983
Page: pages 69, 70 and 71
Place made: Bedford Village, Westchester county, New York state, United States of America
Creation Notes: Robert Motherwell began collaborating with Kenneth Tyler on 'El Negro' in 1981. The book was editioned in 1983. 'Through black emerge purified' was started on the 22 February 1981. The RTP was printed on the 22 of September 1982. The print was finished on the 21 October 1982 and the plate was cancelled on the 14 February 1983.
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic lithograph printed from one aluminium plate, tusche, crayon Support: white, wove, handmade TGL paper
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: verso lower left corner, TGL [hexagon]
Impression: unsigned proof
Edition: edition: 51 plus 10AP; TP; PPI; PPII; RTP; A; C; 3HC
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Bedford Village, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1983

Edition Notes: Lithograph printed in one colour: black. Robert Motherwell prepared the nineteen lithographic images in 'El Negro' on Mylar and acetate sheets using Paintstiks, grease pencils and alcohol tusche which he applied with brushes and a bamboo pen. The images were transferred to aluminium plates by Lee Funderburg. The plates were printed by Funderburg and Roger Campbell on a flat bed offset press. Papermaking by Steve Reeves and Tom Strianese. This image is one of seven images that were printed separately in editions (without text) of 98 plus 14 artist's proofs numbered I-XIV.
Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Tertiary Insc: verso: inscribed lower right corner, pencil "RM81-643"
Dimensions: comp 29.0 h x 78.0 w cm sheet 38.4 h x 95.2 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Terenzio, S. (1991), 288; TGL print documentation, 1983; Walker Art Centre (1987), 437
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1411.1
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