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Print117 Iso

A la pintura: Blue 1–3


Print117 Iso

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 18 1/2 x 11 in. (47 x 27.9 cm)


Numbered in ochre ink stamp lower right; workshop chop mark lower right; "ROBERT MOTHERWELL 'a la pintura'" stamped in ochre ink lower left

Production Sequence

2 colors printed in 2 runs from 2 copper plates and 2 colors printed by letterpress: 1. blue – plate (aquatint); 2. titanium white – line plate (lift-ground with etched lines added and aquatinted); 3. black – letterpress (English text); 4. blue – letterpress (Spanish text)


B 88; ULAE 22


Motherwell began working on this print in 1969. The aquatint tone is a combination of ultramarine blue and thalo blue.

See also general entry for A la pintura (cat. nos. 111-131).


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