St. Michael I (State I)
lithograph, screenprint, and monoprint on white Arches Cover mould-made paper
62 7/8 x 25 3/8 in. (159.7 x 64.5 cm)
Signed "RM" in pencil lower right
Numbered in pencil lower right; workshop chop mark lower right; workshop number "RM75-147A" in pencil reverse lower left
Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York
Kenneth Tyler, assisted by Robert Bigelow (plates) and Kim Halliday (screens), Tyler Graphics Ltd.
Plate preparation, processing, and proofing by Tyler, assisted by Bigelow; screen preparation, processing, and proofing by Halliday
6 colors plus monoprint colors printed in 8 runs from 5 aluminum plates and 2 screens: 1. pink – plate; 2. yellow-ochre – plate; 3. green – plate; 4. black – plate; 5. black – plate; 6. variant inking from a palette of grays – monoprint, screen; 7. variant inking from a palette of grays – monoprint, screen (same screen as run 6); 8. transparent gray – screen
B 203; TGL 395 RM14
While collaborating with Kenneth Tyler on Bastos (cat. no. 169) in 1975, Motherwell decided to make another lithograph that would include the Belgian St. Michel cigarette label. Work proofs for two editions were initiated, one version printed on rag paper from a roll, and another on handmade paper. Not satisfied with either of these, Motherwell set the project aside. In 1979 he recropped the label and added a dark gestural plate printed with gray to achieve the surface effect of the final print. Motherwell chose to use the English "St. Michael" in the title.