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Untitled, 1975



Untitled, 1975

Oil on paper
46 x 33 3/8 in. (116.8 x 84.8 cm)


Recto, upper left: R. Motherwell \ 1975


Dedalus Foundation


Dedalus Foundation, 1991


The black gestural form on the right side of the sheet is similar to forms in four contemporaneous collages: the two Bastos collages, Dublin Collage, and Papeteries (C501–C504). Motherwell may originally have planned to add a collage element to the empty space on the left side of this composition, as in a number of photographs of Motherwell’s studio in February 1978, where it is pinned on the wall along with lithographic enlargements of Gauloises and St. Michel cigarette packages.


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