29 3/4 x 41 3/4 in. (75.6 x 106 cm)
Signed "Motherwell" in colored pencil (varying colors) lower right; signed "RM" (reversed) in stone upper left
Numbered in colored pencil (varying colors) lower right; workshop chop mark upper right
4 AP, numbered I/IV-IV/IV
3 other proofs, inscribed “A Proof”-“C Proof”
Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York
Ben Berns and Glenn Lee, United Limited Artist Editions
1 color printed in 1 run from 1 stone: black – stone
Motherwell made this stone in 1965, while working on West Islip (cat. no. 65). The edition was printed and signed in 1970, but not released until 1983, when the edition prints were divided between the artist and Tatyana Grosman. Motherwell assigned the title to his portion of the edition. It has been listed as Untitled (1982) in the Art Institute of Chicago catalogue raisonné by Esther Sparks (cat. no. Appendix 9). Chop marks for the lettered proofs appear in the lower left corner of each impression.
The title refers to a passage in Leonardo Da Vinci's "Treatise on Painting," in which he outlines a practical exercise for painters to stimulate the imagination by considering the resemblances to landscape, figure, and imagery suggested by stains on walls.