Robert MOTHERWELL, Eternal black Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1915 – 1991

Eternal black 1981
Collection Title: an 'El Negro' portfolio 1983
Page: page 27
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.
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic lithograph printed from two aluminium plates, tusche Support: buff, wove, handmade, TGL paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Impression: unsigned colour trial 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 two colours: black, red. Text (verso) printed in two colours: black and grey. This image is the seventh image in the portfolio. 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.
Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Tertiary Insc: inscribed upper left corner, pencil "10" inscribed lower left corner, pencil "29/29" verso: inscribed lower right corner, pencil "RM81-636/30" verso: page 28 verse of poem printed lithographically in black and grey ink "O negro muro de Espana!/ Oh black wall of Spain!"
Dimensions: comp 32.0 h x 24.4 w cm sheet 38.0 h x 33.7 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Terenzio, S. (1991), 277; TGL print documentation, 1983; Walker Art Centre (1987), 426
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1417.10
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