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Print300 Iso

Phoenician Etching


Print300 Iso

aquatint and lift-ground etching on Moulin du Gué Rives de Lin paper
14 x 15 7/8 (35.6 x 40.3 cm)
plate size: 6 x 7 7/8 in. (15.2 x 20 cm)


Signed "Motherwell" in pencil lower right


Numbered in pencil lower right; artist's chop mark lower right




10 AP, numbered I/X-X/X
1 CP


Artist; released by Brooke Alexander Inc., New York


Catherine Mosley, artist’s studio, Greenwich, Connecticut

Production Sequence

2 colors printed in 2 runs from 2 copper plates: 1. cream – plate (aquatint); 2. black – plate (lift-ground etching and aquatint)


B 178


The drawing inside the window in this print consists of letters from the Phoenician alphabet whose signs Motherwell particularly liked because of their origin in gesture. A large painting from 1977 titled Phoenician Red Studio incorporates one of the same Phoenician letters. In the print, the letters are reversed.

Though Motherwell completed this print in 1977, it was not officially published until 1983. Several impressions were released prior to 1983 on paper measuring 24 x 18 in. (61 x 45.7 cm). Some artist's proof impressions measure 23 1/2 x 18 in. (59.7 x 45.7 cm).


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