A la pintura: preface
aquatint, lift-ground etching and aquatint, and letterpress on J. B. Green paper
25 1/2 x 38 in. (64.8 x 96.5 cm)
two plates: each 16 x 18 in. (40.6 x 45.7 cm)
Numbered in ochre ink stamp lower right; workshop chop mark lower right; "ROBERT MOTHERWELL 'a la pintura'" stamped in ochre ink lower left
2 colors printed in 2 runs from 2 copper plates and 1 color printed by letterpress: 1 orange – plate (aquatint with lines varnished); 2. black – line plate (lift-ground etching and aquatint); 2. black – letterpress
B 83; ULAE 17
Motherwell began working on the plates for this print in 1968. The text used as a preface on this page is titled "La arboleda perdida” (A vanished grove) and dated 1959. Begun in 1929, the extensive body of writing that Alberti grouped under this title consisted of prose and poetry. He collectively referred to it as an autobiography-in-progress. By 1959 two books were published with this title, covering the years 1902 to 1931. The text's mood of displacement, intimacy, and bereavement would become a dominant characteristic of Alberti and Motherwell's second collaboration, El Negro.
See also general entry for A la pintura (cat. nos. 111-131).