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Study for Shem the Penman, 1973

Study for Shem the Penman


Study for Shem the Penman, 1973

Acrylic and charcoal on board
20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40/6 cm)


Recto, lower right: Motherwell \ 14 June 73


Private collection


Private collection, ca. 1973; [Karl & Faber Fine Art Auctions, Munich, June 7, 2018, lot 913]; private collection, 2018


The title of this work refers to Shem the Penman, the archetypal artist character from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake.


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