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Print120 Iso

A la pintura: Blue 6 – 11


Print120 Iso

brushed aquatint, 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)
three plates: each 10 1/2 x 19 in. (26.7 x 48.3 cm)


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

Production Sequence

3 colors printed in 3 runs from 3 copper plates and 2 colors printed by letterpress: 1. pale blue – plate (brushed aquatint); 2. wine purple – plate (aquatint); 3. chrome yellow medium – line plate (lift-ground etching and aquatint); 4. black – letterpress (English text); 5. blue – letterpress (Spanish text)


B 91; ULAE 25


Motherwell began working on this print in 1971. The two aquatint tones are (1) a tint of cerulean blue and (2) a wine purple achieve through a combination of ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson.

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


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