Summer Light Series: Harvest, with Two White Stripes
lithograph, pochoir, and collage
35 3/8 x 18 1/2 in. (89.9 x 47 cm)
Georges Duchêne Hawthorne of Larroque handmade paper; Ernte cigarette label
Signed "Motherwell" in pencil lower right
Numbered in pencil lower right; workshop chop mark lower right; artist's chop mark lower right; dated "1973" in pencil reverse lower left; workshop number "RM73-529" in pencil reverse lower left; workshop stamp in black ink reverse lower left
12 AP numbered I-XII
3 Gemini G.E.L. impressions, numbered I-III
3 TP, numbered I-III
Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Robbin Geiger and Ron McPherson, Gemini G.E.L.
3 colors printed in 4 steps from 2 aluminum plates and pochoir: 1. orange – plate (on Hawthorne paper); 2. blue – plate (on same paper as step 1); 3. white – pochoir (acrylic paint applied with stencil and brush, on same paper as step 1); 4. collage: Ernte cigarette label offset printed from a seven-color photograph and hand-torn
B 126; GGEL 476; NGA 34.3
The Summer Light Series begun in 1972 and released in 1973, was Motherwell's first large-scale project at Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles. The titles for the prints were derived from typography on the labels used as collage fragments. The maquettes for the prints were assembled as a series of collages from which Gemini printers made templates. These informal maquettes were documented. Each element was printed using colorfast inks and hand-torn using stencils approved by the artist. Once printed, the various elements were coated with adhesive and collaged by running them through the press.
The word "Harvest" in the title of some of these prints is a translation of the German word Ernte on the cigarette package label.
See also cat. nos. 143-152.