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Läkerol with Black Stripe
Pasted papers and lithograph on paper
36 x 18 in. (91.4 x 45.7 cm)
In March 1973 Motherwell traveled to Los Angeles to work for a month on several editions of lithographs at Gemini G.E.L. (Engberg and Banach 2003, nos. 142–52, 162–67). This picture is one of six collages he made during this period as maquettes for planned (but unrealized) editions of lithographs (see also C386–C390). This and the other five unique collages he made at the time utilize some of the same elements that would be featured in the collaged lithographs he created at Gemini. The image of the Läkerol package is actually a lithographic facsimile of a package for the Swedish pastilles, which was produced by Gemini G.E.L. The blue ground in this work is not painted, as would be typical in Motherwell’s collages, but is instead printed onto the paper support.