Spanish Elegy I
lithograph on brown HMP handmade paper
17 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. (44.5 x 77.5 cm)
Signed "Motherwell" in pencil lower right
Numbered in pencil lower right; workshop chop mark lower right; artist's chop mark lower right; workshop number "RM75-164" in pencil reverse lower left
1 archive Proof
12 AP, numbered I-XII
3 presentation proofs
Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York
Robert Bigelow, Tyler Graphics Ltd.
Stone preparation, processing, and proofing by Kenneth Tyler
1 color printed in 1 run from 1 stone: black – stone
B 143; TGL 388 RM7
This print inaugurates Motherwell's use of the Elegy to the Spanish Republic motif in his print work. The composition echoes that of numerous small ink-and-brush drawings from the mid-1970s. Motherwell decided to withdraw the edition from distribution after it was printed; he then hand-painted a small number of impressions with acrylic paint.