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Summertime in Italy, #12. 1966.

Robert Motherwell

* 1915 in Aberdeen † 1991 in Provincetown

Lithograph. Size of sheet: 74 x 51.1 cm.

Two proof impressions, one printed in sepia and one printed in black on Rives BFK paper. Both are signed and inscribed 'artist proof'.

Literature: Engberg Banach 33.

Motherwell wanted the gestural shapes in this image to be overspread by a random tracery of lines. To achieve this, transfer paper was rubbed with lithographic crayon and crumpled before being set onto a zinc plate for printing. Unfortunately, the numerous gray and white modulations originally achieved in this manner closed up after a short print run, a problem that would later be solved by applying lacquer as a stabilizer. Consequently, no edition was printed of this image. Instead, the image was printed in both black and brown, with some impressions proofed on buff Arches paper.


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