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72 x 37 in. (182.9 x 94 cm) (varies)
Signed "R. Motherwell" in pencil lower right
Numbered in pencil lower right; workshop chop mark lower right
16, inscribed “Proof A”-”Proof P”
2 TP (1 overpainted with gouache)
Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York
Ben Berns and David Umholz, Universal Limited Art Editions
1 color printed in 1 run from 1 aluminum plate: black – plate
B 75; ULAE 11
The Samurai image was composed as a brush drawing. The technique is comparable to that used by calligraphers to arrive at a simulation of form. Printed on large sheets of rice paper cut from a roll, the image registered differently each time as if it was monoprinted. Motherwell's interest in calligraphy focused on the brush as a medium itself, with an almost limitless range of stylistic expressiveness.