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Print283 Iso

The Robinson Jeffers Print


Print283 Iso

lithograph on natural Kitakata handmade paper
11 5/8 x 9 5/8 in. (29.5 x 24.5 cm)


Signed "Motherwell" in pencil lower right


Numbered in pencil lower right; workshop chop mark lower left; workshop number "RM81-550" in pencil reverse lower right




1 archive proof
20 AP, numbered I-XX
1 CP
2 PP
1 WP


The Art Museum and Galleries, California State University, Long Beach


Roger Campbell and Lee Funderburg, Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York


Prep work for continuous-tone lithography by Kenneth Tyler; plate preparation and processing by Funderburg; book designed by Lili Cristin in Los Angeles; typesetting and lithography by Vernon Simpson in Baskerville 353 Roman and Italics; edition of 1,500 on Grandee Duplex Cover and Quintessence Dull Cover by George Rice and Sons, Los Angeles; project coordination by Jane Bledsoe

Production Sequence

1 color printed in 1 run from 1 aluminum plate: black – plate


B 250; TGL 411 RM30


Motherwell's first exposure to the poetry of Robinson Jeffers took place in 1954 when Jeffers, novelist Saul Bellow, composer Roger Sessions, and Motherwell were invited to take part in "The Creative Artist and His Audience: A Symposium" by the journal Perspectives USA. Motherwell's contribution, titled "The Painter and the Audience," was published in the journal's autumn 1954 issue.

This edition was made in conjunction with the 1981 book and exhibition Apropos: Robinson Jeffers at the Art Museum and Galleries of California State University, Long Beach, under the direction of Constance Glenn. The exhibition traveled to the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas and The Friends of Photography, Carmel, California. Excerpts from Robinson Jeffers' poems "Poetry, Gongorism and a Thousand Years" and "Let Them Alone" were selected by Motherwell and accompanied by Motherwell's drawings and black-and-white photographs by Renate Ponsold. The book was produced in two formats: a hard-cover edition bound in linen, which includes the lithograph by Motherwell; and a soft-bound edition without the lithograph. Motherwell's drawings were executed at Tyler Graphics Ltd. and transferred to plates from which a set of unique proofs was pulled for exhibition purposes.


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