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Print119 Iso

A la pintura: Blue 5


Print119 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 8 x 8 in. (20.3 x 20.3 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. indigo – plate (aquatint with lines varnished, printed with retroussage); 2. titanium white – line plate (lift-ground with etched lines added and aquatinted); 3. black – letterpress (English text); 4. blue – letterpress (Spanish text)


B 90; ULAE 24


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

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


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