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Shellac and ink on paper
22 ½ x 28 in. (57.2 x 71.1 cm)
Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 1963.
In 1981, the museum requested any information Motherwell could provide about the work. Motherwell’s assistant wrote to the museum’s registrar Daphne Deeds on November 9, 1981 that Motherwell had studied a black-and-white photograph of the work and that “the drawing was done in ink, not watercolor” (Dedalus Foundation Archives). Motherwell would not have been aware of the presence of the orange shellac when he viewed this black-and-white photograph. Shellac is found in a number of Motherwell’s paintings all dating from the summer of 1958 (see W71, W72, W77–W83).